How Safe is Your Business?

Every business faces security risks, but the level of risk faced by each business is unique.

Every business faces security risks, but the level of risk faced by each business is unique.

The experts at Vector Security® have developed this Business Security Vulnerability Test to help you determine your risk of burglary, theft, fire and a variety of other security threats. Just review the questions below, then follow the instructions for assigning points:
 
1. Site high security areas:
Assign 1 point per “Yes” response
 
Does your location have any of the following?
·         Executive offices
·         Medical/first aid area/drug storage
·         Pharmacy
·         Gym or Workout Room
·         Employee locker area
·         Employee cafeteria
·         ATM Machines
·         IT and/or communications room
·         Motor Pool garage/Service area
·         Safe and/or cash storage
·         Roof top entry/exit
·         Employee/customer file room
·         Equipment storage
·         Storage/warehouse area
·         Tool storage
·         Shipping & Receiving                                               
·         High hazard area (Chemical storage, Class I Explosion-proof, etc.)
·         Natural gas/ fuel oil/ propane tanks
·         Training rooms/audio visual/conference areas
·         Maintenance Offices
·         Maintenance & Cleaning Supplies/Chemicals
·         Unlocked access to building electrical services
·         Unlocked access to telephone lines

2. Employee/customer/visitor access:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
·         Do employees use a specific area of the building to enter/exit the building?
·         Are visitors to the building escorted by company employees?
·         Is there an existing formal visitor policy?
·         Is there an enforced formal visitor policy?
·         Are employees or visitors restricted from traveling to or through certain areas?
·         Are emergency exits well marked and operating properly?
·         Are there existing, easily recognized exit blueprints?
·         Are emergency exits adequately lit?
·         Are there gated entrances/exits?
·         Is there a mass notification system (i.e. emergency, weather, threats)?
 
3. Security/ safety/ surveillance systems operating within the building:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
Do you currently employ any of the following systems within the building?
·         Intrusion detection
·         Automatic sprinkler
·         Duct-type smoke detectors
·         Lightning strike interruptions
·         Emergency evacuation/areas of rescue assistance systems
·         Emergency response plan/ notification systems to emergency responders
·         Power back-up services/personnel
·         Access control/cards/readers/door locking system
·         Video surveillance systems
·         Employee Identification system
·         Visitor escort/management system
·         Dry chemical hood-type suppression systems
·         Ventilations/air intake sensors (chemical/bio)
·         Site emergency sounder/notification system
·         Fire suppression systems for IT/communications rooms
·         Elevator phones/communication
·         Security gates for parking lot entry/access
·         Parking lot emergency notification system
·         Uniformed guard services/security command center
·         Intercommunication systems
 
4. Do you currently have existing security providers for each existing service:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
·    Intrusion detection
·    Robbery notification
·    Automatic fire sprinkler: wet or dry w/valve/PIV/temperature supervision
·    Smoke detectors/manual fire alarm pulls stations/notification appliances
·    Duct type smoke detectors
·    Water/flood/humidity/temperature sensor system
·    Emergency evacuation/rescue assistance systems
·    Access control/cards/readers/door locking system
·    Video surveillance systems
·    Data collection/video storage/data center
·    Network applications back-up
·    Employee Identification system
·    Visitor escort/management system
·    Dry chemical hood type systems
·    Fire suppression systems for IT/communications rooms
·    Elevator security or breakdown notification
·    Security gates for parking lot entry/exit
·    Parking lot emergency notification system
·    Uniformed guard services/security command center
 
5. Are these systems are continually/contractually maintained to ensure proper operation?
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
·    Intrusion detection
·    Robbery notification
·    Automatic fire sprinkler: wet or dry w/valve/PIV/temperature supervision
·    Smoke detectors/manual fire alarm pull stations/notification appliances
·    Duct type smoke detectors
·    Emergency evacuation/rescue assistance systems
·    Access control/cards/readers/door locking system
·    Video surveillance systems (used in which areas)
·    Employee Identification system
·    Visitor escort/management system
·    Dry chemical hood type systems
·    Fire suppression systems for IT/communications rooms
·    Elevator security or breakdown notification
·    Security gates for parking lot entry/exit
·    Parking lot emergency notification system
·    Uniformed guard services/security command center
 
6. Level of security & safety system integration:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
Are the following integrated into a full security system (rather than being standalone devices/services)?
·    Intrusion detection
·    Robbery notification
·    Automatic fire sprinkler: wet or dry with valve/PIV/temperature supervision
·    Smoke detectors/manual fire alarm pull stations/notification appliances
·    Duct type smoke detectors
·    Emergency evacuation/rescue assistance systems
·    Access control/cards/readers/door locking system
·    Video surveillance systems (used in which areas)
·    Employee Identification system
·    Visitor escort/management system
·    Dry chemical hood type system
·    Fire suppression systems for IT/communications rooms
·    Elevator security or breakdown notification
·    Security gates for parking lot entry/exit
·    Parking lot emergency notification system
 
7. Systems that are monitored off-site:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
Are the following systems in use at the location monitored off-site?
·    Intrusion detection
·    Robbery notification
·    Automatic fire sprinkler: wet or dry with valve/PIV/temperature supervision
·    Smoke detectors/manual fire alarm pull stations/notification appliances
·    Duct type smoke detectors
·    Emergency evacuation/rescue assistance systems
·    Access control/cards/readers/door locking system
·    Video surveillance systems
·    Employee Identification system
·    Visitor escort/management system
·    Dry chemical hood type systems
·    Fire suppression systems for IT/communications rooms
 
8. Physical locking systems control and updating:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
·    Does a Loss Prevention specialist control the building key system?
·    Is there a key control policy?
·    Is your key inventory secured?
·    Who performs lock/core changes handled by a locksmith?
·    Does your location contain any electronic locks?
·    Are past key control logs available?
·    Are present key control logs available?
 
9. Primary security & safety concerns:
Assign 1 point per “Yes” response
 
Do you consider the following to be security concerns at your business?
·    Act of vandalism
·    Robbery
·    Fire
·    Theft of company property/inventory/records/equipment/materials
·    Theft/vandalism/unauthorized usage of company office systems/products
·    Employee/customer/visitor injury
·    Efficient evacuation of building
·    General employee safety
·    General access to the building
·    Identifying employees within the building
·    Reducing work-related accidents (Workers’ Compensation)
·    Insurance MOD review
·    Security within the parking lot areas
·    Safety within elevators/stairwells
·    Limiting access to security-sensitive areas of the building
·    Chemical/bio/HAZMAT MSDS program
·    Theft of employee property
·    Use of alcohol/drugs by employees
·    Proper maintenance/repair/operation of security or safety systems
·    Lack of adequate safety plan for the building
·    Employee violence or harassment
·    Employee pre-screening
·    Domestic violence
 
10. Effectiveness of security systems and policies:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
Do you feel your current systems and policies to address the following security risks are as effective as they should be?
·    Building intrusion
·    Act of vandalism Robbery Fire
·    Theft of company property/ inventory/records/ equipment/ materials
·    Theft/vandalism/unauthorized usage of company office systems/products
·    Employee/customer/visitor injury
·    Efficient evacuation of building
·    General employee safety
·    General access to the building
·    Identifying employees within the building
·    Reducing work-related accidents
·    Security within the parking lot areas
·    Safety within elevators/stairwells
·    Limiting access to security-sensitive areas of the building
·    Theft of employee property
·    Use of alcohol/drugs by employees
·    Proper maintenance/repair/operation of security or safety systems
·    Lack of adequate safety plan for the building
·    Employee violence or harassment
·    Employee pre-screening
 
11. Security history:
Assign 1 point per “Yes” response
 
Has your business experienced any of the following within the past 12 months?
·    Building intrusion
·    Act of vandalism Robbery Fire
·    Theft of company property/ inventory/records/ equipment/ materials
·    Theft/vandalism/unauthorized usage of company office systems/products
·    Employee/customer/visitor injury
·    Efficient evacuation of building
·    General employee safety
·    General access to the building
·    Identifying employees within the building
·    Reducing work-related accidents
·    Security within the parking lot areas
·    Safety within elevators/stairwells
·    Limiting access to security-sensitive areas of the building
·    Theft of employee property
·    Use of alcohol/drugs by employees
·    Proper maintenance/repair/operation of security or safety systems
·    Lack of adequate safety plan for the building
·    Employee violence or harassment
 
 12. Incident/accident reporting:
Assign 1 point per “No” response
 
·    Do you have an active/current incident reporting policy and procedure in place?
·    Are incident reports available for review?
·    Do you have an accident report policy and procedure in place?
·    Are accident reports available for review?
·    Are audits performed regarding accident & incident reports?
 
 
13. Building and/or site maintenance:
Assign 1 point per “Yes” response
 
·    Is building maintenance and cleaning performed by internal staff?
·    Building/ site maintenance is completed after work hours?
·    Is entry/exit to the building monitored in some way?
·    Is performance while on the job monitored in some way?
·    Are actions of workers monitored in some way?
 
 
Total Survey Score: ______________
Vulnerability Rating: ______________
 
Score Levels:
0 to 64 Points – Low Vulnerability
65 to 129 Points – High Vulnerability
130 Points or above – Excessively High Vulnerability