The operational requirements and identified risks should determine the security design criteria for any facility. Security Through Safe Design works hand in hand with architects to integrate security mitigation measures with design, ensuring that structures protect users from criminal acts and safety hazards while meeting the operational needs of users.
As much as security is about reality, it is just as much about perception. As organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the need for security, they come to Security Through Safe Design for balance. This balance is achieved through a holistic approach, by incorporating security mitigation measures into the design rather than adding mitigations, post-construction. Security means different things in various contexts. For some, security means the protection of critical data, where for others it is about creating safe spaces for employees. When security features are integrated during the design phase using CPTED principles, they deter crime in a passive manner, mitigate fear and appear unobtrusive. Security Through Safe Design can work with designers and architects to create open, welcoming spaces that are discretely secure.
Design decisions related to access, building materials, circulation and other features can bolster or frustrate security aims.
The thoughtful integration of security with design can produce safe spaces that people are comfortable using. A clearly marked and well-lit path leading from the
parking garage directly to a building’s solitary entrance can make pedestrians feel safer, support the building’s security, and provides a specific area that is easy to monitor, deterring criminal activity.
Through the coordination of design professionals and security consultants, buildings that are safe and secure, resistant to attacks, terrorism or workplace violence can be achieved.