Welcome to Security Risk Assessment
We, Alwinco, are an Independent Security Risk Assessment Consultancy that specializes in conducting Security Risk Assessments on all types of properties, buildings, companies, estates, farms, homes, retirement villages, etc. We have only one purpose and that is to find all risks and opportunities that will lead to crime. We do not have any predetermined objectives such as selling or installing security hardware or software…
As Independent Security Consultants we do Security Risk Assessments throughout South Africa. We have a very strong footprint in: Gauteng (Pretoria, Johannesburg, Midrand, Sandton, Centurion) Bloemfontein, Durban and Cape Town.
WHAT SHOULD BE EXPECTED OF THE SECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT?
To best answer this million dollar question, it would actually explain more when it is highlighted what should NOT be expected from the Security Risk Assessment.
It is not recommendable that the Security Risk Assessment be conducted by your local Security Company or Security Provider. The reason for this is that the client is not supplied with a full Security Risk Assessment but rather a Product Assessment.
This is often provided for free or at a very minimal rate. The reason for this is that this is a mere sales gimmick to boost sales and the salesman pockets are lined by what the end user purchases or signs up for. Efficient research is not conducted in regards to options and the Security Plan is actually a list from the salesman’s inventory. Moreover, these recommendations are predetermined and never based on the actual outcome of the investigation phase of the assessment.
The grading method which is actually a direct overflow from Health & Safety is inaccurate. This is because the possibility of a crime occurring is used to rate an area of the site as low to high risk.
The independent assessor focuses on the opportunity for a crime to occur and uses this methodology to analyze the property in various levels. There is also no quick checklist for conducting a Security Risk Assessment.
This further brings a very important factor to the fore and that is how was the security at the site measured without a full assessment being conducted?
- How was the value of security determined?
- On what foundation was security and the planning thereof laid upon?
As security risk assessors, our job is not to give up. We have to keep educating and convincing those in leadership positions; CEO’s and MD’s, regarding the importance of commissioning regular independent security risk assessments.
It is difficult to change existing perceptions, but this is the challenge we need to face.
Not one company has been able to show me their security risk assessment report in the last 19 years. Some companies had even confused an occupational health and safety report for a security risk assessment.
Written by Andre Mundell