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Safes and Vaults: Evaluating Security Needs

By Shelley Swearingen | May 26, 2020

Safe Vault
noun: a place or receptacle to keep articles (such as valuables) safe adjective: affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty1   noun: a room or compartment for the safekeeping of valuables, or an underground storage compartment, or an arched structure of masonry usually forming a ceiling or roof 2  
     

Planning for the safety and security of a facility can seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t need to be. By taking a few steps and evaluating the needs of your business, you can easily identify what the best solutions are.

First, you must identify what will be stored. Consideration should also be given to the level of theft associated with the item. For example: cannabis, firearms, and some pharmaceutical drugs are highly sought after on the black market.

Smaller amounts of items could safely be stored in a safe while others may require a custom-built vault room. KL Security offers custom vault rooms that are manufactured in individual panels for fast and easy installation. This cuts down on construction costs and keeps your project on schedule. 

  • Where do you plan to store items?
    • On-site or off-site?
    • Who will have access to this location?
      • Does access need to be limited?
    • Where is the location of the storage room?
      • Interior of building? Or does room contain an exterior wall?

Does your facility already have standards of procedure in place for who will have access to the items? Are there time restrictions on when these items can be accessed? Do you need to develop plans and standards for procedures on access?

If the storage location is off-site, perhaps additional measures should be taken; KL Security (through a partnership with March Networks) offers state of the art surveillance cameras. If the items are going to be contained in a room with an exterior wall, perhaps the wall should be reinforced by a vault panel.

  • What are the legal security or storage requirements?
    • Are there compliance mandates for the storage of items?
      • What are the consequences for violation?

Various government departments regulate the sale, storage, handling, and disposal of certain materials. The DEA has requirements as to how certain medicines must be stored; the ATF has requirements as to how explosives must be stored; States have requirements for the storage of cannabis that vary depending on legislation.

  • What is your budget?
    • Have you weighed the cost of purchase vs. cost of non-compliance?

This is where the evaluation of regulations is so important. If your facility were to be found to be non-compliant, there could be costly fines. In addition to fines, regulating departments may also require a cessation of business operations until the changes are made to bring violations up to code. These costs will undoubtedly exceed the initial cost of investment. 

Evaluating security needs is a multifaceted process, and should not be taken lightly. The experts at KL Security are experienced and willing to help. We’re dedicated to staying educated on legislation mandates and strive to provide the best possible service. Let us assist you in finding the right solution for your facility’s needs. To start a conversation on how we can secure your facility, improve safety compliance, or review security protocols call or email us:

(866) 867 – 0306 OR contact@klsecurity.com

Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe
  2. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vault