The Four Pillars of Warehouse Security
The most successful approach to warehouse security involves four key elements, or “pillars”, as we refer to them. These four pillars form the foundation that enable a stable and effective warehouse security system are: burglar alarms, fire detection, access control and Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) security cameras.
We spoke with the COO of Supreme Security Systems, David Bitton, for some valuable insight into how these elements work together to create the optimal warehouse security system.
The main features of a professional burglary alarm system are perimeter protection, glassbreak detection, video verification and remote notification capabilities. Glassbreak sensors are a very effective element of warehouse security, especially for large warehouses that have windows located in out of reach areas. Supreme can also install a motion detection system around your warehouse that will alert you when there is an unwanted/unknown presence on your premises. According to Bitton, motion detection works great for warehouses with multiple bay doors and points of entry.Supreme’s expertly installed systems can also be seamlessly integrated into other systems, such as fire and environmental monitoring, for maximum safety and security.This leads us to our next pillar.
Fire detection is obviously a key element of warehouse security as it can save a business from devastation. Not only is it important, but according to Bitton, “many times it is a requirement of the insurance provider and the local municipality.” To put it simply though, fire detection is important for the overall welfare of your business.
Supreme can design a fire alarm system that suits the needs of your business and addresses any potential risks that may stem from daily operations. Supreme’s professionally installed systems can detect smoke and other hazards early on, and alert employees quickly enough to provide time for evacuation. Our systems are quick and efficient and they protect your life and property.
Electronic access control technology is ideal for permitting and restricting access to your premises or secured areas within the premises. At Supreme, we offer the most advanced, scalable solutions that can control access to either one door or hundreds of doors for thousands of card holders. You can choose to implement the technology on your own premises, as part of your overall security strategy, or enlist Supreme’s services to house and manage the system for you at your own state-of-the-art facility.
In addition to being easy to use, access control systems are highly sophisticated and can be integrated into a number of other commercial security solutions, such as CCTV, for maximum effectiveness. In order to utilize access control systems optimally, Bitton recommends “managing staff by being able to restrict times and particular areas they can enter.” He also recommends “setting up a room for deliveries, this way delivery rooms can be made available 24/7 without staff being there.”
Supreme security systems offers the latest and most advanced CCTV solutions on the market today. “CCTV systems today are the norm for warehousing, both internal and external,” Bitton said. “Internal can assist with employee theft, and external with other theft. It’s also become an important tool for the authorities to capture suspects.” Whether you’re looking to safeguard the exterior of your facility or secure high-traffic areas in your building, such as your lobby or shipping/receiving dock, every system is customizable. This allows you to monitor suspicious activity before it turns into something more.
As your organization and security environment grows, our CCTV solutions can grow with you and can be integrated with a number of advanced systems – such as access control or intrusion detection – for maximum effectiveness and security. From a single camera to hundreds of cameras, Supreme will help assess your needs and design a system that will keep your employees and your property safe and secure. Supreme can even install a covert video system for employee monitoring. With this system in place, you can expect to catch slip and falls, enhance security, protect your assets and employees and deter criminal activity.
While the four pillars of warehouse security tend to be universal among New Jersey’s warehouse, distribution and transportation economy, there are nuances based on location, type of industry services, product and wares stored, and number of employees. No matter how complex or sophisticated the threats to your warehouse operation may be, a professional security provider can design and build a burglar alarm system to meet your precise needs and requirements.