Base Elements

Mike Coleman, vice president of commercial real estate with AlliedBarton Security Services, lists the “base elements” of a security program.

Mike Coleman, vice president of commercial real estate with AlliedBarton Security Services, lists the following as “base elements” to a security program:

• At the minimum, be aware of the type of business conducted by your tenant(s). Is there an inherent risk or exposure to your community or other tenants?

• Make sure you are delivering any security requirements outlined in the lease(s).

• Update and inspect life safety system, card access, CCTV and alarm and associated service agreements and monitoring. If a CCTV or card access system is not being monitored on a live basis, ensure regular inspections for faulty or nonfunctioning equipment are taking place.

• Establish a notification link for remote tenants whether via email, text messaging or just a good old-fashioned voicemail when there is an emergency situation or other event. Tenants need to be in the information loop. Good will goes a long way in tenant retention efforts.

• Dust off all security-related documents and materials, and make them current.

• Support and engage law enforcement and first responders. For example, arrange a small appreciation event for these public servants.