The Importance of Securing Access Points in Warehouse Security
While every aspect of warehouse security is important, the most critical areas of a warehouse to focus on are the points-of-entry. By making sure every possible entrance or exit point is properly secured and monitored, warehouse professionals can drastically improve facility safety. We spoke to commercial security expert David Zulawski, CFI, CFE for this blog entry and he offered up some valuable security tips for business owners. Zulawski, a former police officer, is a founding partner of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.
“You want to limit the number of exits that are available to the employees. Some of the biggest problems that we have in internal investigations come from when there is no perimeter security and people can come and go out of any door that they want, they can park anywhere they want,” Zulawski said. “It doesn’t take long for (employees) to realize, ‘well, I can take a case of this and set it in my car when I’m on break.’ Controlling the perimeter of the warehouse and the bays where your truckers come and go are critical points in a warehousing situation.”
As a business owner or warehouse manager, you would like to think that you hired employees that won’t steal, but the fact is that employee theft does occur and implementing a professional security system can help deter it. According to CBS News, a typical organization can lose 5% of its annual revenue to employee fraud and nearly one third of all employees commit employee theft at some point in their life.
Whether you’re looking to safeguard the exterior of your facility or secure high-traffic areas in your building (like the loading docks and shipping bays), a security system can be customized to meet your precise needs and requirements. To put it simply, installing a video system allows you to monitor suspicious activity before it turns into something more.
“When you’re loading and unloading your trucks, and certainly if you’re monitoring what’s going on in the trucks, you’re going to see, ok we were supposed to put four pallets of product on here,” Zulawski said. “And then all of the sudden, there’s a fifth pallet going on and that’s not on the manifest, you could use your cameras in that way too to investigate.”
As Zulawski explained, installing a closed-circuit television system can not only act as a crime deterrent, it can be used as a fact-checker when it comes to inventory loss. You can also rely on a video surveillance system to catch slip and falls and visually confirm environmental events when you’re not near the physical location.
Many professional security companies have made the move from analog to digital video recording. DVR technology offers the maximum protection and numerous benefits like superior video quality, real-time recording, remote monitoring and quick retrieval of video data. It can also normally be seamlessly integrated with other security systems.
Warehouse security can also be improved by implementing an access control system into your security approach. Electronic access control technology is ideal for permitting and restricting access to your premises or secured areas within the premises. The systems are highly sophisticated and can be integrated into a CCTV system for maximum effectiveness. Warehouse security isn’t as complicated as it may seem, and when done correctly, it can vastly improve the efficiency of a warehouse.