How to spot the security flaws in your warehouse

Protecting your livelihood is important in all industries, especially when you have a warehouse packed full of stock and expensive machinery. Here, Paul Sweeting, Technical Director of physical security specialist Bradbury Group, shares his tips for identifying security flaws in your warehouse and how to deal with them.

Warehouses are an important part of any supply chain, presenting business owners with the opportunity to store their goods in a safe space. But, as a place holding valuables, it’s no surprise that warehouses are a main target for opportunistic thieves looking to steal and sell on. And, with reports from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association showing that many companies are stockpiling goods in their warehouses in anticipation of Brexit, there is no better time than now to take a look at the security flaws in your warehouse.

Whether you need to reconsider the ease of accessibility of your entrances and exits, or you need to focus more on securing your warehouse internally, there are precautions you should be taking. Here, I will be sharing my top tips for spotting security flaws in your warehouse.

Secure your entranceways and exits

Your warehouse will see plenty of footfall every day, with many workers entering and leaving between shifts and breaks. But, no matter how busy your warehouse is, it’s important that you protect it from the outside to ensure only authorised personnel are granted access. Your warehouse needs to deter thieves from the outset, as once they’re through your external doors there’s one less obstacle standing in their way before they can seize your goods. This means it’s particularly important to consider the security level that your entranceways, exits and any delivery bays are currently offering.

You will then need to make a note of any particularly vulnerable areas around your warehouse. I recommend looking at the current doors you’re using to protect these areas and replacing them where necessary with doors that have been LPCB certified to offer attack resistance, whether that be from tools or an act of vandalism.

Steel doors are also ideal for keeping any warehouses safe due to their durability and resistance. However, if you’re concerned about quick getaways in the instance of fires, you can opt for steel doors with panic bars for ease of exit. Whatever type of door you choose, it’s important that they are alarmed.

If there are certain goods that you believe to be at a higher risk of theft in your warehouse, you might want to cordon off these areas with some grilles and cages for an extra layer of security.

Consider the internal security

It’s never impossible for determined thieves to get through the first layer of security but having secondary measures in place may encourage them to give up. Plus, internal security can help to control which of your employees are allowed where and stop any visitors from wandering off into private areas.

It’s a good idea to limit access to certain areas by fixing fob entry systems and passcodes to the internal doors and only handing these out to the relevant staff. This will control who can be in there and should limit the risk of theft internally. If you have fears of the passcodes or fobs being passed around, having a fingerprint scanning system will allow you to have further control over who can enter these areas and show you when any unauthorised personnel have tried to access them.

If you have some particularly high-priority zones that are protected behind windows, you can secure these windows with high-security bar sets — these will even work well on the exterior of your warehouse, too.

Use monitoring systems

In addition to the fingerprint systems mentioned above, there are many other monitoring systems you can put in place. If your warehouse doesn’t currently have CCTV, you are missing out on having an investigative tool which could help you identify any trespassers. Having this recording system around the perimeters of your warehouses will be able to show you where hopeful thieves are attempting to break in, so you know which areas need some extra security. CCTV can even help to deter these criminals just by having signage up to warn them that they are being recorded.

Alarms are crucial to include in your warehouse’s monitoring system as they can alert you instantly when someone breaks in either by detecting movement after hours or in prohibited areas. Be sure to periodically test these to ensure they’re working properly, as failure to do so can result in successful thefts.

Protecting the goods inside of your warehouse should be at the top of your priority list, so it’s important that you identify any areas where your security could be better. With my top tips, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your stock safe from thieves.

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