The most effective warehouse security plan combines high tech and low tech, foundational solutions. Working together, these solutions create a safe, secure environment no matter how tight or sprawled out your area. No matter how many people come in and out a day. No matter what type of inventory is warehoused.
High Tech Warehouse Security Solutions
Smart Building Technology
Meet compliance standards and prevent product loss with environmental monitoring that records and tracks temperature and condition. Smart building technology replaces manual recording and reporting, which saves time and money. This technology can deliver real-time notifications of any environmental changes that could put your inventory or machinery in danger. This can include monitoring for fire and flood.
RFID Tracking & Systems Integrations
Placing RFID tags on products manages and tracks inventory, which eases administrative duties by monitoring inventory at any stage from packaging, assembly and storage to point-of-sale, etc. With RFID tracking, you can store and back up data to the cloud in real time.
Unified Video Surveillance & Access Control
Allow entrance to certain warehouse areas based on security clearance and job function with an access control system. When used in conjunction with commercial video surveillance, it’s possible to actively monitor your facility and record suspicious activity. When integrated, these two systems can centralize control for simple administration and management.
IP Video Surveillance
Most warehouses have a network already in place. Take better advantage by connecting IP video surveillance to it. Strategic camera placement can give a clear view of people and grounds. Plus, the footage captured can be used later as evidence or to identify areas for workflow improvement.
Intrusion Detection Systems
Protecting against intrusion can be a matter of barricading doors and windows from the inside. Intruder defense devices are constantly improving, so our team carefully evaluates the newest options in context of your warehouse’s needs to recommend specific products for your facility’s size and layout.
They’re a deterrent, plain and simple. Hand-held or walk-through metal detectors add a level of contemporary security technology to warehouses. And, just knowing they’re there is a symbolic component of any warehouse security system.
Fundamental Warehouse Security Solutions
Door Frames & Locking Hardware
Perhaps the oldest, but still effective means of warehouse security are commercial-grade cylindrical and mortise door locks, closers, panic bars and keying systems that can be used with frames crafted from metals and woods.
When crowd control and queuing are required either indoors or out, Mechanical and electronic waist high turnstiles regulate traffic flow. Electronic turnstiles can be integrated with an electronic access control system work seamlessly together for stronger security.
Fencing is another physical barrier that is so low tech that many warehouses forget about it. Fencing around the vicinity keeps people out of areas they shouldn’t access. It also creates an aura of protection, especially when used with lighting and security cameras. Fencing could be enough of a deterrent for criminals to find another target. If not, your security camera could catch criminals trying to go through, under or over fencing, then alert you in enough time to call the authorities before any harm is done.
Install Security Signage
Signage is so effective that people who don’t own a dog hang “Beware of Dog” signs for security reasons. Surveillance signage can deter criminal acts, as criminals move along looking for an easier target than your warehouse. Security cameras are prevalent today, and criminals know this.
Communicate with employees to find out where some of the biggest holes in your warehouse security are. Perhaps no one knows your facility better than those who are on the floor 40+ hours per week. Employee communication also makes your team feel like their voice matters, which could improve morale and reduce theft.
When it comes to warehouse security, there are so many factors to take into account – from the size of the facility and the type of inventory to the people who work and visit there every day. The goal is to secure the area, stock and people from every imaginable internal and external threat. Yet, unless regulations or your inventory dictates it, you want your warehouse as secure as Fort Knox without necessarily “feeling” locked down like Fort Knox.