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The United States Department of the Interior in its U.S. Geological Survey Manual discusses “Exterior Protection”. These are four levels of “Perimeter Security Measures” outlined therein.

One of these measures stipulates the very first line of defense in guarding a facility’s physical security is the protection afforded by perimeter protection. Among the examples given as components of such perimeter security measures are devices such as locking gates, exterior lighting, guards and detectors.

These devices are part of a category of man made physical structural barriers as versus natural barriers. Natural barriers “…include mountains, cliffs, canyons, rivers, or other terrain difficult to traverse.”

A second measure of perimeter security is access control which helps create “a physical and psychological deterrent to unauthorized entry”. By delaying access to an area you help increase the chances the intruder may be detected and even caught. When vehicles and people are directed through certain access points it helps security control that access.

Vulnerable access points should be protected in any effort “…to deter or prevent unauthorized access to the facility.”

The manual goes on to discuss gates which allow access and egress to a facility at vulnerable points. These gates are generally protected with locks, access control systems, CCTV, alarms and can be monitored full or part-time by security guards. These gates should also have adequate exterior lighting.

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ECI can help provide a comprehensive security survey or your facility, offer solutions as well as turnkey installations of the above mentioned physical structural barriers devices such as gates, exterior lighting, vehicle detectors, access control systems or accommodations (i.e. booths for security guards).

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