Security is a constant battle between solutions and criminal ingenuity. Try as they might, however, it's difficult to get away from a video alarm system that sends a visual alert to a monitoring centre as soon as it detects suspicious activity.
While these systems are great at protecting everything from stores to construction sites, some people have decided they want to take regular security solutions and take them to the max.
Here are some of the most secure places in the world. Could you take some inspiration from them?
1. Area 51
Generally, a property possesses beefed up security systems because people know what is contained inside it, thus making it a target. In this respect, Area 51 is a special case, as it's a target purely because no one is really sure what's inside.
While some tinfoil-hat-wearing types will take great joy in lecturing you about how it's aliens, it probably isn't aliens. But, regardless of whether you believe Mulder or Scully, it does employ some pretty impressive security measures – armed guards, heat-sensing cameras and underground motion sensors (and these are just the ones we know about).
2. Fort Knox
The gold standard in secure buildings, Fort Knox has been keeping all manner of priceless artefacts safe since its construction in 1936, including the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence.
Around 16,000 cubic feet of granite was used to build the mammoth structure, which was then supported with 750 tonnes of steel. Then, you have the guards armed with Thompson machine guns, bullet proof glass, and apparently, flooding tunnels and land mines.
3. Cheyenne Mountain
A former missile silo in the years of the Cold War, Cheyenne Mountain is one of the most protected sites on the planet.
Just in case starting with a mountain as a platform wasn't secure enough, it's had two 25 tonne blast doors that can withstand nuclear explosions.
If these examples are making your company's security procedures seem a little underwhelming, call NSR to see how the team can help.