Independent security risk assessor guidelines, beliefs, foundation, and values.

The following points describe an independent assessor’s beliefs, foundation, values, and the guidelines that lead an Independent Security Risk Assessor through each Security Risk Assessment.

  1. An Independent Security Risk Assessor will be registered at PSIRA – “The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) is the Governing Body and Regulatory Authority for the private security industry. Thus, should you wish to work in “Security” it is mandatory that you are registered with PSIRA”
  2. An Independent Security Risk Assessor is NOT a Security Company, or part thereof. They are a Security Risk Assessment Consultancy.
  3. Security Risk Assessment is also called: Security Survey, Threat Analysis, Risk Identification, Physical Security Audit, Security Inspection, Vulnerabilities Assessment.
  4. An Independent Security Risk Assessor knows that the first solution to the problem is an honest assessment.
  5. An important fact is that a Security Risk Assessment is NOT the same as Risk Management. How can risks be managed if the risks have not yet been identified?
  6. An Independent Security Risk Assessor understands the purpose of a Risk Assessment beyond the paperwork. They understand that the ultimate goal of a Risk Assessment is to protect more than just a property but to protect the lives on the property.
  7. It is important to understand that a Security Risk Assessment is not only to protect you as an individual/business against crime, although it is a very crucial aspect of the assessment, a Risk Assessment is also to protect your investment.
  8. An Independent Security Risk Assessor understands the impact that crime has on a person’s life, on a business, on a family, which is why security is the heart and core of an Independent Assessor.
  9. Currently, truly independent Security Risk Assessment Consultancies are extremely scarce in South Africa.
  10. An Independent Security Risk Assessor ALWAYS tells the truth about your security.
  11. A Security Risk Assessment document is an Independent Assessor’s pride, not only because of the security information and detailed solutions it provides but also because of the value it adds to the security structures and in essence, people’s lives.
  12. Security is looked at from a different point of view which sets an Independent Security Risk Assessor apart from the rest. An Independent Security Risk Assessor looks at a property, people’s behaviour, routines, and so on, from the criminal’s viewpoint. That is the most important viewpoint that needs to be taken into account.
  13. An Independent Security Risk Assessor will always stay true to the principles of the Security Risk Assessment, ensuring that all the bases are covered if he/she is called upon to testify in court as an expert witness. Any deviations from the principles will ultimately discredit the Independent Security Risk Assessor as an Independent Security Risk Assessment Consultant.
  14. A truly Independent Security Risk Assessor follows their own unique protocols and will not allow anyone to dictate how an Assessment should be conducted.
  15. Crime is real and it affects each and every person on this earth in one way or another.
  16. The scope of a Security Risk Assessment is simple: Risk is where a threat and an opportunity overlap. An Independent Security Risk Assessor endeavours to always remain within this scope as this is what the assessments are based on.
  17. An Independent Security Risk Assessor strives to communicate the findings, solutions, and all other security-related information as plain and simple as possible to ensure that all parties clearly understand what is said in the assessment. This is especially important when decisions and implementations need to be made.
  18. Because an Independent Security Risk Assessor has such a clear understanding of the impact that crime has, every effort is made to go the extra mile.
  19. At an Independent Security Risk Assessment Consultancy, each project has its own funding. Another project’s funding should not be used to start a new project.
  20. Once the assessment is completed, all related documentation should be cross-referenced.
  21. Any Independent Security Risk Assessor’s Assessment document is a living document that never dies.
  22. A Security Risk Assessment must cater for a timeframe extending past the ‘now’. It should also cater for the future. It’s never just a once-off solution. The Risk Assessment is the foundation for your security, for now, and into the future. A strong foundation will ensure that everything built on it will be effective and long-lasting.
  23. An Independent Security Risk Assessor looks for solutions in all avenues and often, if not always, thinks out of the box to ensure that the solution is site- and risk-specific.
  24. An Independent Security Risk Assessor understands that time is precious and that it is something that cannot be bought and when it’s gone, you can never get it back, and that is why a true Assessor will never waste people’s time.
  25. An Independent Assessor, in line with Article 37 of the Security Act, respects and takes confidentiality very seriously. No confidentiality agreement should ever be broken.
  26. A Risk Assessment should be used to gain and provide knowledge, not to instill fear. This document should provide knowledge about crime, security, and risk to enable you to understand how to fight crime, how to eliminate the risk, and how to be secure.
  27. The solutions provided in the assessment are devised to fit your living and/or working environment. The research that goes into a Risk Assessment is especially vital for this to be successful.
  28. An Independent Risk Assessor does not conduct cosmetic assessments. The assessments are factual, workable, and conducted with the sole purpose of eliminating the risks that will lead to crime.
  29. An Independent Risk Assessor does not assess smokescreens. The assessments are thorough and in-depth which ensures that the necessary time is taken to assess the reality and not what people want the Assessor to see.
  30. A Truly Independent Security Risk Assessor is not in the same league as the assessors who make use of free email addresses. An Independent Risk Assessor can be vetted at any time and his/her accreditations can be verified and justified. Anyone can create a Gmail address in the blink of an eye. Being an established Security Risk Assessment Consultancy takes years of hard work and anyone proud enough of their accomplishments can be sure to value their output.
  31. Compromise is not a word that is in an Independent Assessor’s vocabulary. They will not compromise on any aspect of the Security Risk Assessment and will, at all times, follow the full process and aim their focus on finding the risks.
  32. Security risk is not something that will disappear overnight or even over a long period of time if it is not addressed and remedied. It will only become an even bigger risk if it is left to its own accord.
  33. An Independent Risk Assessor does not get involved in price-wars. They know what it takes to compile a thorough assessment and the price is based on the input that is required to deliver the expected output. A proper assessment is built in levels, piece by piece and a lot of work, time and effort go into such an assessment. Various aspects need to be taken into consideration such as the people who do the footwork, the undercover agents, experts, typists, and so on. Our main aim is never the price; however, people still need to get paid. Each process has a price and when you cut a price, you need to cut processes that eventually affect the end result of the assessment.
  34. A Security Risk Assessment is not the same as a Risk Management report, Health & Safety, or a Security Company’s sales report.
  35. A good Security Risk Assessor does not compare their processes with any Security Company’s processes or procedures. They understand that a Security Company cannot conduct a Security Risk Assessment because of the business model. They can only conduct a Product Assessment which is vastly different from a Risk Assessment.
  36. It is a big security risk if the same person is responsible for both the Security as well as the Health & Safety aspect of a business. Somehow, Security always loses the battle by miles as the officer will spend all his time on Health & Safety as it is governed by law.
  37. There is no shortcut to the perfect security solution. You have to start with an Independent Security Risk Assessment.
  38. An Independent Security Risk Assessor’s risk assessment is not a witch-hunt. It’s a hunt to find the truth. Nothing more, nothing less.
  39. It is not a Risk Assessor’s job or place to judge. They simply ask questions to obtain information and to understand the processes.
  40. A Security Risk Assessment is never personal.
  41. Solutions provided in the assessment is risk-specific, feasible, and properly researched to ensure that it is the correct solution for the risk.
  42. One of the main goals of a Security Risk Assessment is to provide you with enough information to ensure that you are able to understand your risk, why it is a risk, what needs to be done to eliminate the risk and how this needs to be done. That being said, an Assessor can provide truckloads full of information, if you do not read through the assessment and ask questions, it will remain words on a paper and it will never be understood.
  43. At times, an Independent Security Risk Assessor provides a summary of the assessment upon request, however, it is vital to understand that a summary is not the entire assessment. It can never replace the assessment, nor can it include all the information that is required to make an informed decision. It is only to be used as a reference or for ease of reading. The original Risk Assessment document will remain the main document and this is what all recommendations and solutions should be based on.
  44. An independently conducted Security risk Assessment document focuses on much more than just the crime and security aspect. It also focuses on anything related to security, crime, daily life, security tips, general security awareness, and much more.
  45. No property has been able to show me, an Independent Security Risk Assessor, their Security Risk Assessment report in the past 20 years. Some even confuse this valuable document with the Occupational Health and Safety report. They are two entirely different documents.

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