A recent FBI study estimated there were roughly 1.6 million burglaries in 2015 which resulted in $3.6 billion in lost property. With warehouses stocked full of valuable products, materials, and equipment, it’s imperative for your organization to invest in theft prevention to ensure you don’t become a statistic. Warehouse theft prevention includes taking steps to provide security and maximize surveillance both during and after work hours. It also involves exterior gate management, proper landscaping, alarms, and employee identification procedures that will combine to help prevent theft at your warehouse.
Best Tips for Warehouse Theft Prevention
- Use Warehouse Surveillance Cameras
- Exterior Gate Management
- Install Landscaping
- Install a Security Alarm System
- Utilize Employee IDs
Warehouse Surveillance Cameras
Warehouse surveillance cameras are the most critical aspect of maximizing security monitoring during and after the workday. Cameras are needed to monitor parking lots and exterior areas of your warehouse to first prevent burglars from staking out or entering your building. You will also need cameras inside the facility in the event you do have a break-in after hours. At i2c Technologies, we offer cutting-edge network IP video surveillance solutions, software, and access control for warehouse operations that work to prevent crime and save you money. Our AXIS surveillance cameras can probe vast areas and zoom in on objects as they penetrate a gate or opening. That surveillance footage can be streamed live or recorded on your desktop or mobile device.
Exterior Gate Management and Warehouse Theft Prevention
An exterior gate surrounding your warehouse creates a controlled access area on the perimeter of your facility. With an outer barrier, your security team can check people coming in and out of the property in advance of the warehouse steps. People without the proper identification would be turned away before they ever have a chance to reach the front door. The outer gate could also be used to mount deployable surveillance cameras which can be fed to your computer or mobile device to monitor the grounds outside the warehouse. This extra layer of security makes building break-ins more difficult, too, requiring the exterior fence to be penetrated before breaking into the warehouse.
Landscaping and Warehouse Theft Prevention
Landscaping might not be one of the first security steps that come to mind when discussing warehouse theft prevention, but it does play an important role. Large plants or bushes should be minimized on the exterior of your warehouse to always ensure a clear line of sight to all entrances and windows. Blocking any area of your facility with large shrubs or plants could prevent your surveillance team from being able to see a potential break-in as it’s happening. Tall plants potentially blocking those entrance points is why ground-level landscaping on the outside of all warehouses is ideal for maintaining security.
Installing a Security Alarm System
Alarms are one of the most popular anti-theft devices for a reason. The alarm serves multiple purposes, working to prevent the completion of a burglary while also alerting the authorities of a crime that is underway. If a signal is triggered, the first thing it does is scare the burglar. It lets the criminal know they are detected, and it’s time to turn back. Sometimes, burglars will see that a building has an alarm and determine that it’s not worth the effort to rob. In other cases, the criminal may flee the facility when the bell rings out in the warehouse. Once the alarm is triggered, it also can notify warehouse representatives as well as the police who can then respond to the crime.
Warehouse Theft Prevention and Employee Identification
Employee identification badges can prevent warehouse theft. By requiring your employees to wear ID badges, you can quickly identify potential burglars who are not supposed to be on warehouse property. These ID badges also work hand-in-hand with your exterior gate management. Those wearing the proper identification can get through that first level of security and those without it cannot. Using ID badges as keycards to unlock the door for warehouse entry would be another use of employee ID’s that would help prevent theft.
Protect Your Warehouse Today with i2c Technologies
i2c Technologies has over a decade of experience preventing warehouse theft and providing industry-leading video surveillance solutions for commercial applications. Our custom systems are designed to protect your valuable assets and monitor your day-to-day operations. The AXIS cameras we install with our video management software help deter crime, increase peace of mind, and prevent the loss of valuable assets. Reach out for a quote today.