Stanchart Robbery and The Importance of Security Assessments
The recent robbery of $30,000 from Stanchart was big news among my friends, while the countless reminders about being vigilant against terrorist attacks are already relegated as background noise (yawn!).
The same way club managers assess the “enemy” and audit their own club’s weaknesses, whoever buys the security system must know whom he is protecting his shop/building/condo/land from, and what are the key security weaknesses.
Did Stanchart do a security assessment of its Holland Village branch?
Were the Stanchart staff adequately protected against robbery or other serious threats?
Who could the staff call immediately upon facing a threat? E.g. were there panic buttons installed underneath their desks like you see in movies?
Were the Stanchart staff trained to deal with similar security threats? Could they have stalled the robber while activating a silent alarm?
Were the CCTVs’ positions suitable for taking videos of the faces of people who entered the bank and approached the counter?
Everything is easy in hindsight, but that’s what security assessments are for, to plan for contingencies
According to Kelvin, Soverus security consultants do a threat vulnerability risk assessment (TVRA) for clients.
Threat x Vulnerability x Impact = Risk Assessment
Thereafter based on the client’s risk assessment, Soverus can recommend suitable security measures.
Note that no security system is 100% foolproof.
There is always a risk of a breach involved in any system.
It’s just a matter of what the client can accept in terms of the security measures, his budget and length of contract.
Are you an informed buyer of security solutions?
It doesn’t make sense to expect your security officers will be like Team Alpha in DOTS when you insist your premises must die die have 50 security officers, even if it’s a small compound with minimal human traffic.