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Je Suis Bruxelles

March 24, 2016 | Leah Misbin

Another major terrorist attack rocked the world this week as all eyes turn to Brussels — the target of bombings on March 22. At least 31 people were killed and an estimated 250+ people wounded in two bombs, which exploded on Tuesday in the international airport departure terminal and at a subway station in the center of the city.

In such an unpredictable environment, what can you do, as property managers, to protect yourselves, your properties and tenants? Buildings, a facility management online resource, has the following recommendations:

  1. Be proactive – Rather than being reactionary, take into account that many security incidences can be effectively handled by already having a well-designed security plan in place. Conduct a site visit today to identify weak spots, or bring in a third-party security team to assess your property and systems.
  2. Update technology – It may be time to update your security system. Technology in the security field is changing every day. Research what is out there and what can work best for your properties.
  3. Remember digital security – Security breaches are becoming more and more common. Make sure you have a strategy to protect customer information and company data.
  4. Train your staff – One of your most valuable and important resources is your staff. Make sure your team is knowledgeable on the security plan, especially security guards.

You can read the full article on the Buildings website.

About the Author
Leah Misbin is the Director of International Programs at IREM headquarters. She oversees the adaptation of IREM programs and services for the international market.

Photo credit: International Business Times

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