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Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems, 2nd Edition by Mary Lynn Garcia

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Facility Characterization

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The first step in designing a new PPS or upgrading an existing system is to characterize the facility to be protected. Before any decisions can be made concerning the level of protection needed, an understanding of what is being protected and the surrounding environment is essential. Too often this crucial step is overlooked and security systems are designed that either overprotect a nonessential component or fail to adequately protect a vital portion of the facility. The cost of an overdesigned system can be enormous, and the possible results of inadequate protection can be disastrous. Thus, it is absolutely essential ...

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