How to Prevent Security Tailgating?

No, we’re not talking about the new campaign by highways England about driving too close to the car in front (although you shouldn’t do that either).

The tailgating to be discussed within this article, occurs in secure buildings such as student accommodation, PRS blocks and commercial offices. Tailgating puts people and their possessions at risk and by reading this article you can take steps to prevent it.

According to a recent survey, a majority of the respondents believe that security breaches from tailgating remain at the same level or are on the rise.  More than 70 percent of respondents believe they are currently vulnerable to a security breach from tailgating. Furthermore, more than 70 percent believed that it was somewhat likely to very likely a security breach could happen at their own facility as a result of a tailgating incident.

What is tailgating?

Tailgating occurs when you open a security door with an access key/fob and somebody else walks through behind you without using a key to gain access. We find that most tailgating occurs because people tend to be kind and hold the door open for others. However, a security door loses its purpose and the building, people and possessions are at risk.

Some of our clients use a secure fob system to enter their properties. We ensure there is CCTV at each property, as well as a security team to provide psychical security & respond to any incident quickly. Keeping our client properties/assets/people secure is a vital part of what we do.

However, tailgating makes it harder for us to do that because unauthorised people gain access to the building. We advise all residents/employees to be aware of their surroundings when entering the building and to check no one follows you in.


How can you help prevent Tailgating?

Here’s what you can do to stop tailgating:

  • Always have your card ready in your hand when you approach a security door. If somebody else is around, they can see that you’re allowed in.
  • If you feel suspicious about somebody hanging around near a security door as you approach it, quickly close the door behind you after you’ve gone through.
  • Tell our security team about anything that feels wrong. If somebody has followed you through and it doesn’t feel right, report it to the person at reception right away.
  • Like most people problems, the solution to tailgating is behavioural. With a little effort and vigilance, we can all make sure you and your things are safe at home.