In this article, GSG Protective Services is highlighting some of the pain points of operating a warehouse facility, with thousands of dollars in assets, a huge employee team and people/trucks continuously entering and exiting the premises.
1) Access Control – Checking In & Out
All warehouse facilities have some sort of access control to monitor who is coming and going on the premises.
A combination of guard shacks and portable video surveillance units help visitors check in and out of the premises seamlessly. These guard shacks and surveillance units even have license plate recognition for quick scanning and can also act as alarm systems if any incidents occur.
2) Video Surveillance – Continuous Monitoring
Warehouses need state-of-the-art video surveillance technology to help them monitor multiple locations remotely. Owners and guards will be able to access live video surveillance from a command center, their computers, or even their phones. Additionally, the presence of video surveillance cameras will deter crime and help significantly with loss prevention.
3) Loss Prevention & Inventory Management
Internal and external losses are a huge pain point in warehouse security, but great security policies and procedures will reduce inventory losses and product breakage across the board.
Loss prevention can take the form of video surveillance in strategic and vulnerable areas, the creation and implementation of modern security policies/procedures and lastly, by simply having trained guards identify and respond to violators.
Additionally, loss prevention can be addressed by thoroughly vetting third-party employees and creating/implementing policies that proactively deter internal theft and losses.
4) Break-ins & Vandalism
The vastness of a warehouse will often put it in a more secluded location, which makes for a slower police response for any potential crimes. Guards have direct contact info for local law enforcement to help reduce response time. Guards, in general, are a great proactive measure to prevent break-ins and vandalism altogether.
5) Demanding Day-to-Day Operations
Warehouses need risk management policies and prevention strategies in place helps ensure the day-to-day of warehouses are not interrupted if an incident occurs. Having integrated security and alarm systems will help identify potential threats as soon as they arise. Additionally, having access to a guard’s online Daily Activity Reports and video surveillance analytics will help any location identify and address vulnerabilities faster.
Warehouses face unique internal and external threats because of the value of their assets. They have to protect themselves from intruders, but also from the quiet systematic theft that may be occurring inside. It’s important that all warehouses conduct site surveys and have security policies/programs aimed at protecting their teams, visitors, assets and their profits.