Over the last couple of years, global commerce and eCommerce have, despite various obstacles, experienced considerable growth. This increasing volume of sales has, in turn, increased the volume of goods moved around the world and thus gave the warehouse industry a new incentive.
On the other hand, the growing number of warehouses also put this sector in the focus of criminal activity, so we are also experiencing more attacks on various storage facilities. So, if you want to tap into this trend to start or expand your warehouse business or capacities, you should provide your facilities with optimal security.
Let us look at a couple of tips that should help you along the way.
Establish a more efficient management system
The rationale here is to move the goods in and out of the warehouse as soon as possible – if you don’t have too many items idling for too long, eventual robberies won’t cause unnecessary damage. To start, ditch the manual entry of items and switch to barcodes that present a far more efficient and simpler solution. Once you move this off the table, try using some warehouse management software to better handle quotas, orders, item organization, optimizing occupancy, and similar factors.
Integrate perimeter access into your business plan
The warehouse burglaries and robberies don’t necessarily have to occur during the night when the workers are home, and deliveries are no longer taking place. However, it is also very likely that someone will sneak in during the day or that some workers and couriers will try to take advantage of you. So, keep a detailed record of everyone having access to your premises and perform security inspection and verification whenever someone enters and leaves the storage facility.
Install the top-tier security equipment
We don’t mean only the security alarms, motion detectors, motion-triggered alarms, and glass break detection, even though all these advanced systems are more than recommended. But, while you are stacking your facilities with these advanced IoT-powered systems, don’t forget to cover the older but equally reliant assets like durable chain wire fencing, window and door bars, and similar items. Aside from offering excellent protection, these tools serve as a powerful theft deterring factor.
Clear the perimeter
Speaking of deterring, it should be mentioned that burglars will far less likely attempt the robbery if they can be easily spotted from the street. Therefore, you should always do your best to keep the perimeter around the warehouse clear, devoid of clutter or unnecessary objects, and, of course, well lit. The fencing around the premises should also give all the people in the vicinity a good view of the space around the entry points. You need to sacrifice a bit of privacy for the greater good of the business.
The fewer things you leave unaddressed or left to interpretation, the less room you will leave for some security breach. So, make sure that all workers are aware of the pending security procedures, effectively pass the information critical for the safety of the company, and know where and to whom to report if they suspect any malpractice. When some emergency occurs, you need to have equally transparent and streamlined communication procedures for reports and first reactions.
Train and test your employees
Last but not least, we would like to remind you that your employees will implement all these tools, strategies, and procedures. If they are not up to the task, they will leave far too much blind spots that can be exploited by people wanting to harm your company. Be sure then to provide the workers with regular training sessions, seminars, and workshops where they will get to familiarize themselves with equipment. Finally, the knowledge they acquire needs to be tested and assessed.
We hope these few examples will give you a general idea about the strategies you can use to ensure your warehouse company is protected as a medieval fortress. The storage facility industry is, at the moment, experiencing considerable growth. However, that doesn’t change that criminals and burglars are also keeping pace with this ever-changing world. So be sure always to stay one step ahead and allow your company to use the growth of global commerce to its advantage.