Answer by: Dana Turner
Your concerns are justified. Just for a second, transform your bank building into an airport. Would the airport allow passengers maintenance personnel and crew members to enter the gates just anywhere?
Every employee should enter the building using the same entrance. The second floor door should also be alarmed and covered by a camera, because of the elevator access to the first floor.
Answer by: Barry Thompson
Dana is absolutely correct with his answer to you. I once worked with a bank which had a similar problem and the President wouldn't allow us to control the door. In our case the door was inside the building on the second floor and unlocked. The staircase next to the door led down to a customer entrance lobby. Each morning the outside door was unlocked after 8 AM allowing customers to stand inside the building during bad weather. Another set of doors guarded the main lobby of the bank and were opened at 9 AM to allow access to the customers from the entrance lobby.
This was allowed until one irate customer used the staircase and door to enter the bank before opening hours. This incident provided enough incentive for the President to reconsider this security weakness.
First published on BankersOnline.com 11/5/01