Installing effective security infrastructure on your property involves a thorough risk assessment and deploying a comprehensive solution that takes all possible threats into consideration. For example, if your security solution only addresses the threat of vehicular attack and disregards the risk associated with pedestrian trespassers, you may be leaving yourself unnecessarily vulnerable to breaches by unauthorized personnel on foot.
Journalist Jane Jacobs developed the concept of “eyes on the street” as it relates to public safety over 50 years ago. The theory holds that pedestrians tend to feel safe in public places that attract a lot of people because the crowds perform informal surveillance of the area and can draw attention to any potential threats. According to the theory, to draw the necessary numbers of pedestrians to keep “eyes on the street,” the public space and the area around it must be accessible and attractive.
While it’s important to prepare for attacks and incursions, security planning has to take every-day issues that traffic control safety systems face and pedestrian safety into account as well. Employees, students and visitors traverse every area on foot at some point, and vehicle-related incidents are inevitable. The goal is to keep accidents to a minimum while still being prepared for major security issues.