How to Improve Security at Your Warehouse

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There are probably very few factors in your business more valuable than the items in your warehouse. From product, tools, and equipment, your building must protect these valuable items, or your business will suffer.

Security, therefore, is a huge concern. Even if you have cameras onsite and a great security system, it’s not enough. Whether or not you’re aware of it, you likely have holes in your security that allows your property and profits to leak right out of your business’s bottom line.

Vulnerability #1: Open Dock Doors

To compete, you have to keep costs under control. That may mean that you can’t condition the air in your warehouse. To keep the space cool in the summer, you can control the temperature with fans and leave garage doors open. However, if you leave the warehouse unattended at times, a thief could easily walk into your facility and walk away with your property.

Boost your warehouse’s security with scissor gates.These gates allow you to leave your dock doors open and maintain security. The gates are fastened to the walls on the outside of your garage door track. When the garage door is open, you can close the scissor gates to protect against employees falling out of an open door, while simultaneously providing protection against theft. When the door is in use, the gates fold away next to your door track.

scissor gate

Vulnerability #2: An Open Door Policy

In a warehouse facility, one of the biggest security risks involves the theft of very large items. These items typically can’t be taken out of a standard door. This means that someone would have to have the capability to open one of the overhead doors. If your overhead doors are motor operated, you can employ the use of keyed control stations.

These control stations are not like standard wall stations with a simple Open/Close/Stop function. You simply can’t open or close your door using a motor operator without a key. Problem solved.

Key Control Station

Vulnerability #3: Coded Access

A final security measure to consider is the use of coded access into areas with expensive materials and customer data. The exact lock shown below is made by Linear Corp and costs about $125. With this kind of lock in place, you can prevent expensive materials from leaving your facility  –  unless it’s signed out by a supervisor.

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