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The Complete Intrusion Detection Checklist for Building Security

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    An intrusion detection system (IDS) is a core part of your site’s safety and security strategy. But choosing one isn’t so simple. When you’re considering an IDS, you can’t just pick and go. There are some basic principles at play requiring that you think carefully about which systems to use, what value they bring, how they interact, and more.

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    4 Rules for Your Intrusion Detection Checklist:

    This article is not intended to be an exhaustive resource on the issue. However, here are our top 4 rules for creating your own intrusion detection system checklist:

    1. Ensure the systems you’re considering meet real facility needs
    2. Research whether they operate well with other systems in place
    3. Determine whether they will interfere with business operations
    4. Make sure the value/ROI of your IDS is at least equal to the investment

    Primary Functions of Intrusion Detection Systems

    As you know, there are three principal functions of an IDS: Deter, detect, and delay. Each one of these is beneficial on its own, but combined they deliver much stronger asset protection.


    IDS are meant to help prevent intrusions. Signs posted warning approaching persons that the site is protected by a detection system may keep would-be intruders from an attempt. This is the first-order function of an IDS.


    The secondary role of an IDS is to detect intruders. Most are designed to detect intrusions before or as they are happening and to sound an alarm.


    Third, IDS helps security personnel to respond appropriately to intrusions by pinpointing where the breach has occurred. Some systems may also be able to report where the intruder has moved to within the site.


    Intrusion Detection System Types: A Checklist

    When you’re considering the best possible fit, it can help to have an overview of your options available. Here’s a short checklist of IDS styles to get you started on the right path toward peace of mind.

    Keep in mind that which you choose should be based on your facility’s unique risks and the systems already in place. 

    Also be wary of settling totally trusting your IDS to protect your business – you may need to overlap or integrate strategies with other measures. Many operations find video surveillance to be necessary, or benefit from hiring professional guard services.

    Position Detection Devices

    Position sensors typically involve the use of magnets and/or electronics to tell the position of valves, throttles, doors, etc. They work by sensing when one part of the device has been moved apart from the other, typically triggering an alarm or dispatching that information.

    Motion Detectors

    These operate by sensing changes in the static conditions of a protected area. These types of detectors may operate through several means and include microwave detectors, beam detectors, ultrasonic detectors, infrared detectors, and those combining technologies. There are a host of uses for motion detectors, sensing motion or stoppage of nearly anything from people to parts.

    Sound Detectors

    Sound detection devices work by “listening” for sound volumes outside of a preset ambient range. When a sound is detected outside the permissible range, an alarm will sound. They may also be used to identify certain sound patterns or algorithms.

    Vibration Sensors

    There are three main forms of vibration sensor, or accelerometer. These use sensitive internal structures to detect and measure vibrations or change in motion and convert it to an electrical current. Applications range from anti-theft devices to vehicle motion sensors and vibration in aerospace.

    Temperature Sensors

    These rely on thermometer readings to sound an alarm when the temperature of the protected area (surface or air) changes outside normal parameters. Temperature sensors are often used to measure the thermal characteristics of components in the manufacturing process industries.

    Capacitance Devices

    These devices are able to detect changes in electrical charge and are especially used to defend safes and vaults. They are usually used as proximity-type sensors, but can also be applied in boundary penetration detection.

    Impact Sensors

    Impact sensors work by detecting and record sudden air pressure changes or shock to alert the system of dangerous impact or force.

    Glass Break Sensors

    These can detect not only the impact which causes glass to break, but also the sound frequencies of breaking or broken glass. These are often used for facilities with large windows or glass doors, which are inviting targets for break-ins.

    Panic Alarms

    Panic alarms or “panic buttons” deliver fast emergency response when activated by a person or program. These are used to protect people by transmitting alarms indicating a need for assistance. This is the highest priority level of all alarms.


    Notes for Optimal Detection System Operations

    Test Regularly

    Detectors and alarm transmission systems should be audited and tested regularly. Without tests, you may not be able to detect a system failure until it is too late. 

    Regular testing of your security systems will ensure you are prepared with protective measures in case of malicious activity or emergency.

    Integrate Systems

    You can add to the reliability of your intrusion detection sensors when you integrate your intrusion prevention system (IPS) with other security measures. These include access control systems, real-time security surveillance systems, security guards or facility security officers, protective lighting strategies, and more. 

    Remote video security surveillance is one of the most cost-effective protective strategies. Good news if you opt for a crime-deterrent monitoring service with remote site surveillance services. you’ll not only decrease your on-site risk, but increase your responsiveness in case of an intrusion event.

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    Managing Facility Security in the DMV Area?

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