The heart of physical office security is ensuring that everyone who comes into your coworking site is supposed to be there.
That job gets a lot easier if it’s clear to visitors where (and how) they should enter and exit the space. When you create a predetermined path in and out, it’s much easier to monitor visitor traffic and make sure everyone checks in properly. It also helps you focus your other physical security efforts, such as adding lighting, improving visibility, and updating locks.
A big part of creating that “visitor path” is limiting access points. (Members should understand that they can’t enter through the exit-only doors, for example, or let anyone else in through those doors.) Another is making the path clear with things like signage, landscaping, and other barriers.
Visitors should know exactly when when they’ve stepped onto your property, and when they’ve crossed from the public or semi-public space of the lobby to the private space on the inside.
Clarifying entrance procedures can prevent visitors accidentally wandering in or trying to sneak in unnoticed. However, these kinds of physical security efforts don’t have to be harsh or foreboding. Far from it.
Start the visit off with clear and cheerful signs things like indicating visitor parking and welcoming them toward to the main entrance. You can also use creative furniture or landscaping to make entry paths and space perimeters clear.
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