When you think of a warehouse, there is a good chance you think of wide-open spaces. After all, that is one of the perks of having a warehouse, isn’t it? You get ample space to store goods, manufacture products, or perfect your logistics. Warehouses are all about providing the space needed to streamline business and make efficient and effective use of the space. And oftentimes, they are away from the main distribution areas or production line.
But, what happens when all of this wide-open space becomes the perfect platform for crimes to take place? What do you do then? And, how do you control it? Theft and vandalism can play a huge role in warehouse management. By making a small investment to increase your security, you may be saving your business from incredible loss.
Install a Surveillance Camera System
There are many things that you can do to protect your warehouse. But, perhaps one of the most important is to install a surveillance camera system throughout the entire property, both indoors and out.
Surveillance systems come in a wide variety, so you will have to do your research to determine which is best for your space. However, knowing that you have virtual eyes throughout your warehouse when you are not physically available to be there can bring a great amount of comfort.
Not to mention that surveillance cameras also work to deter crime from happening in the first place. Think about it – who wants to get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing? Recorded camera footage can be used by law enforcement and by legal professionals. Therefore, should a crime take place, you are still one step ahead.
Protect the Outdoors
The perimeter of the warehouse should be protected. By starting the security outdoors, you are already making it more difficult to access your warehouse. There are three ways in which you can do this:
- Be sure to install a fence surrounding the facility. Ideally, this fence should be tall and have only a few entry points. Those areas in which you can enter should be equipped with locks. While they may remain open during working hours, they should be locked after hours.
- Have proper lighting all around the perimeter of the warehouse. Not only should this be around the building, but in the parking lot and gate access points, as well.
- Install security cameras outdoors. These will allow you to see what is going on outside the facility before it makes its way inside. The cameras should be placed in the parking lot, at gate access points, and near all entry points to the warehouse. And, as stated above, not only will they work to deter crime, but they can also assist law enforcement should a crime occur.
Secure the Access Points
Again, the access points to your warehouse facility are crucial to monitor. This includes all entry and exit doors, including main doorways and back doors, as well as delivery bays, unloading docs, and even access points between sections of your warehouse.
The idea is to know who is coming and who is going at any given time. You cannot always have someone standing guard – and you cannot always be present. But that does not mean that your warehouse should be left at risk.
With the addition of surveillance cameras at all of these points, you can determine who was in any given location at any given time.
Motion Sensors Cover Your Space
As we discussed, warehouses can be huge. If money is no object, then sure – go ahead and install a surveillance camera system throughout the space that constantly records 24/7. This method means that you will have to have ways of monitoring the space and enough storage space to house the recordings.
Good news – there is a much smarter way to protect your warehouse without breaking the bank. And, it involves using motion-sensing cameras. See, these surveillance cameras are installed and are ready to go in less than a moment’s notice. Once movement is detected, they kick on and begin recording. The best part is that – because they are always on – you can always check a live view.
You will not have to worry about bulky recordings but will be sure to catch everything that you need to see. These work great for after-hours or remote areas within large warehouses. What’s more is that you can be notified each time a motion is detected, allowing you to always be on guard.
Both indoors and outdoors, you will want to make sure there is adequate lighting. Often, the goal for intruders is to enter where they won’t be seen. Or for thieves – stealing items is easier is dark, remote areas.
Warehouses are not always well lit, are they? In fact, it is quite common for some to keep lights rather dim for energy-saving purposes when not in use. However, if you want to halt ill activity from happening on your warehouse property, then you need adequate lighting. Consider adding motion-sensor lighting. This helps the business remain energy efficient by keeping certain remote areas dark when not in use. However, when any motion is detected, the lights automatically kick on.
It is important to keep in mind that, although adequate lighting is a must-have, it is not required for proper video footage. Here’s why – most surveillance cameras these days come with infrared technology, allowing you to clearly see images in the dark – and without any light at all!
Your warehouse stores all sorts of goods for your business. And, rather than just letting it sit there vulnerable to anyone who comes by, you need to take steps to protect it. Think about it – your business runs on these goods. Do not let a foolish mistake cost your business big time.
Instead, invest in a surveillance camera system, install adequate lighting, create an outside barrier around the facility, and make use of motion-sensing cameras.
The rates of theft and vandalism show no signs of slowing down. Take steps to protect your warehouse today.