By Leon Harris CPP
Published in INsite, April/May 2001
As a specialist consultancy for the health and aged care industry, our Security Reviews often deal with the protection of Dementia residents. Although there are some ‘purpose built’ facilities for Dementia sufferers with varying built in safeguards, most older facilities were not designed or built with Dementia residents in mind. However, there are a number of things the operators of the older facilities can do to improve the security and safety of residents. Over the next several issues of “INsite”, a range of important security issues will be discussed. This first issue covers Security Technology which, at times, has been found to be inadequate. To assist operators, the following minimum standards and approaches are well worth considering.
Security technology should be performance based, it must be professionally designed by security system specialists. It must have the following minimum benefits:
Operators should be aware of their Legislative obligations, e.g. in NSW there is the Workplace Video Surveillance Act 1998 (NSW) for video surveillance.
There are also a couple of Australian Standards which should be referred to:
The Australian Communications Authority — Cabling Providor Licencing Regulations should also be considered.
It is important to ask your Security Consultant to advise you of any relevant Legislation for your state or territory before proceeding.
This is but a sample of what can be undertaken with appropriate security technology to ensure the safety and security of residents. Taking this approach will also greatly assist in showing the facility is serious about its ‘duty of care’ obligations.
Leon Harris CPP, is the principal consultant for Harris Crime Prevention Services.
Harris Crime Prevention Services provides on an occasional basis articles by other Industry experts, such as: How Airports apply designing out crime principles