How Banks Stay Ahead: Risk Mitigation Through Unique Solutions

There is no one answer to crime as it’s is always evolving; what might be ‘future-proofed’ as a security strategy today could be deemed ineffective tomorrow. Banking operations are always looking at ways to improve their security measures with cost-effective approaches that reduce overheads across their large and varied estate; from centralised head offices to local banking branches up and down the country.

Security solution provider Safetell has been working in banking and retail security for over 30 years and were the first to introduce the revolutionary rising screen units to our high streets in 1987. Since then the company has evolved to become a counter terror solution provider to governments and businesses – but has never lost sight of the banking sector’s need for reliable security across a variety of environments. Here are just two examples of how Safetell’s consultative approach to secure solutions delivered completely different solutions that were crafted in response to vastly different requirements:

SWITCHABLE COUNTER PROTECTION AT INDEPENDENT BRANCH

For many smaller independently-run banks, it is important to convey a global presence. These worldwide branches need to encompass the brand values of the wider organisation, but often on a far smaller scale; catering to the business needs and requirements of specific countries and cities, while maintaining a low overhead and growing profits. This is especially true for the flagship Central London branch of one ‘Independent Asian Bank’.

Situated on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of the Chinese Community, the ‘Independent Asian Bank’ recently remodelled and renovated its banking floor to provide greater protection and operational efficiency.

The success of a security strategy is often gauged by the effectiveness of the surrounding companies’ security measures and therefore it is important not to fall behind and turn into a point of weakness. As harsh as it may sound, Safetell’s aim was to displace the risk of robbery by target hardening and move the threat to other organisations.

This ‘Independent Asian Bank’ decided to specify a security and counterwork solution that will allow for robust secure-line protection while preserving the best features of open-counter trading. Safetell installed a suite of bespoke products including: Counterworks – made of a Corian-type material, an MK2 Switchable Ballistic Security Screen, Ballistic Resistant Timber Doors and CityWall – Ballistic Resistant Walls.

A unique feature on the project was ballistic resistant switchable glass, allowing for both private working and open trading at the touch of a button. The glass solution transforms a transparent cashier window into an opaque glazing window when not in use. This allows the bank to appear to be working at full capacity to the customers, with no obviously ‘Closed’ position, freeing up additional space for staff with no distraction.

Paul Wakeling, Business Development Manager at Safetell, stated “Working with this particular London Bank was a great experience. We could bring our vast knowledge and experience of the security industry and its regulations to aid the client architect and main contractor with the design. We then progressed with constructing a counter and screen that provided bullet resistance and installed to the customer’s exacting requirements, on time and with minimal disruption”

ACCESS LOCKED DOWN WITH TIPTON & COSELEY’S NEW SOLUTION

Secure access is an integral part of the day-to-day operation of running a Building Society, especially for a local company with a long-standing customer relationships, where personal interaction and a relaxed-yet-secure environment is key .

Located in the West Midlands town of Tipton, the head office of Tipton & Coseley Building Society has been operating in its purpose-built office since 1994. This central office was a great place to work for staff, but over time, the original security systems have struggled to respond to the modern threats facing the organisation.

In the summer of 2017, Safetell was appointed by Tipton & Coseley Building Society as an electronic security integrator with a view to install an access control system to help form a secure interlock, forging an airlock space between two doors.

However, Safetell’s consultative approach highlighted that the building’s fire door was no longer fit for the purpose required and a replacement was needed. Thankfully, Safetell offers a large array of security solutions and was able to specify a bullet-resistant Stalwart Steel Security Door and Frame bespoke designed to meet Tipton and Coseley’s risk profile

Safetell chose the SATEON access control system to easily configure an interlocking door solution. Sateon’s modular I.P based architecture and scalable featureset ensured the business could configure or add additional doors as business requirements evolve over time. Sateon can utilise a building’s existing I.P or R.S-485 infrastructure, which minimised disruption resulting from rewiring, while it’s intuitive browser based interface reduced administration and automated reports.

Paul Wakeling, Business Development Manager at Safetell, noted “Tipton & Coseley was a great partnership. We were able to work together to identify a tailored solution for their head office , allowing our team move in, install the access control and doors that were tailored to their working practices and staff flow with minimal disruption.”

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