3 Tips for Preventing Theft in Food & Beverage Warehouses

3 Tips for Preventing Theft in Food & Beverage Warehouses

In recent years, theft from food & beverage warehouses has been on the rise. In 2016, approximately $47 million worth of food & beverage cargo was stolen, and that number has been increasing year-over-year. Why is such a tremendous amount of product being stolen? The answer may not surprise you – there is a black market for everything with food & beverage products being very easy to resell. Since these products aren’t typically labelled with traceable serial numbers, unlike electronics, there is less risk associated with selling these stolen goods.

Here are 3 measures you should take to protect your warehouse from theft.


1. Pre-screen and get to know your employees

One way to help reduce theft from your food & beverage warehouses is to hire individuals who have a history of being trustworthy and responsible. Perform background checks and contact references of any prospective employee. This can alert you to any potential issues and give you a feel for their character.

Once your new hires are on the job, take some time to get to know them and keep an eye out for the following traits:

  • A lifestyle that seems out of sync with their salary level
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Compulsive gambling or persistent borrowing

It’s important to remember that even though you might have taken every precaution with your hiring choices, there can be extenuating circumstances, and someone you would have never suspected can commit a theft.

2. Install strategically placed security cameras

Placing security cameras strategically around the inside and outside of your warehouse is one of the best ways to help prevent theft. It is a good idea to have your cameras spread out, so they cover every corner of your property, with some of the key areas to monitor being:

  • The main warehouse floor
  • Any additional storage rooms
  • Entrances/exits
  • Parking lots
  • Employee common areas

Having cameras strategically placed in all of these locations will make it much easier to monitor for suspicious activity. You may also want to consider installing security cameras that have some type of remote access capability, meaning that video feed can be accessed via an app on your phone, laptop or tablet.


3. Invest in an access control system

An access control system is hardware and software that work together to manage and control who is allowed entrance into a facility. The system identifies individuals who have access to a facility based on their credentials and permission levels.

Some of the main components that are typically part of an access control system include:

  • HID proximity key cards
  • Photo ID badges
  • Keyfobs
  • Intercoms

The system can be set up in such a way that it will keep a log of who accessed the warehouse, when they entered, and when they left. By limiting the ways in and out of the facility, you can more easily monitor for stolen goods that are being moved.


Here at Supreme Security Systems we are experts in the warehouse security space. We work with a number of food & beverage warehouses across New Jersey. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for your facility, contact us today! Explore our case studies to read more about some of our past warehouse security projects: