Effective Physical Security

Effective Physical Security, 4th Edition

Effective Physical Security, 4th Edition,Lawrence Fennelly,ISBN9780124158924






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Required by ASIS International for use in preparing for the Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification, the fourth edition contains the most up-to-date coverage of physical security topics by recognized expert security specialists.

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Key Features

  • Required reading for the ASIS Physical Security Professional Certification (PSP) and recommended reading for the CPP certification
  • Provides detailed coverage of Physical Security in an easily accessible reference format with content divided into three major parts: Design, Equipment, and Operations
  • Each chapter is written by a recognized expert security specialist


Effective Physical Security, Fourth Edition is a best-practices compendium that details the essential elements to physical security protection. The book contains completely updated sections that have been carefully selected from the authors’ work that set the standard: Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention, Fifth Edition.

Designed for easy reference, Effective Physical Security contains important coverage of environmental design, security surveys, locks, lighting, and CCTV as well as new chapters covering the latest in the ISO standards for Risk Assessment and Risk Management, physical security planning, network systems infrastructure, and environmental design. This new edition continues to serve as a valuable reference for experienced security practitioners as well as students in undergraduate and graduate security programs.


Physical security practitioners, military personnel, those studying for the PSP exam (ASIS International), undergraduate students

Lawrence Fennelly

Lawrence J. Fennelly is an internationally recognized authority on crime prevention, security planning and analysis, and on the study of how environmental factors (CPTED), physical hardware, alarms, lighting, site design, management practices, litigation consultants, security policies and procedures, and guard management contribute to criminal victimization. Mr. Fennelly was previously employed with Apollo Security, Computershare, Inc., as well as a sergeant at Harvard College, employed by the Harvard University Police Department in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was trained as a crime prevention specialist and served in this capacity for over 21 years at Harvard. He was also the department’s training officer and assistant court officer. As part of his role as an officer at Harvard, Larry also was a deputy sheriff in both Suffolk and Middlesex counties (Massachusetts). Mr. Fennelly is a frequent speaker and lecturer on CPTED, physical security, school crime, and other issues. He serves as an expert witness who works closely with attorneys in defense as well as plaintiff cases, assisting in case preparation, offering knowledgeable questions to ask the opposing side, etc. He has also done a considerable amount of consultant work throughout the United States. His experience ranges from identifying vulnerabilities to conducting security and lighting surveys, working with architects to design and implement security, and developing long range guard training programs and risk assessments of various facilities. He is also a prolific author. His titles include such well-known security books as "Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design," "Effective Physical Security," and "Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention."

Affiliations and Expertise

Litigation Consultants Inc., security expert witness and consultant.

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Effective Physical Security, 4th Edition

Chapter 1 The Influence of Physical Design, NCPI;

Chapter 2 Risk Assessment by Geoff Craighead CPP

Chapter 3 Designing Security and working with the Architect

Chapter 4 Security Survey and The Audit,

Chapter 5 Dealing with Internal Theft Controls

Chapter 6 Approaches to Physical Security

Chapter 7 Physical Barriers & Barriers

Chapter 8 The use of locks in Physical Crime Prevention

Chapter 9 Safes, Vaults and Accessories

Chapter 10 Security Lighting, Interior and Exterior Application

Chapter 11 Alarms: Intrusion & Fire Alarm Systems

Chapter 12 CCTV Surveillance,

Chapter 13 Biometrics

Chapter 14 Access Control & Badges

Chapter 15 Security Fences

Chapter 16 Fire Classifications

Chapter 17 Bomb Threat and Physical Security Planning (NEW)

Chapter 18 Security of Networked Systems (NEW)

Chapter 19 Making Defensible Crime/Loss Prevention Using the New ISO Standards for Risk Assessment & Risk Management (NEW)

Chapter 20 Security for Networked Systems Infrastructure (NEW)

Chapter 21 Security Officers in the 21st Century,

Chapter 22 Management of Bomb Incidents

Chapter 23 Information Security for Practitioners (NEW)

Chapter 24 CPTED and Physical Security (NEW)

Quotes and reviews

"State-of-the-art subjects include video technology, biometrics, information technology systems infrastructure, and fiber optics…This book is recommended for the general reader of security literature and those with physical or general security responsibilities. It would be beneficial as a text for training and college-level courses in physical security."--ASIS Dynamics, March/April 2014


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