4 Essential Security Tips for Logistics Companies
In the logistics industry, security is paramount to success. Business owners, warehouse operations managers, and loss prevention supervisors know that preventing crime effectively can save their companies millions of dollars in lost profits and bring much needed peace of mind. However, these days criminals are quick to adapt to changing security efforts, easily outsmarting warehouses and logistical facilities looking to defend their turf. To help, we have established some quick tips to help you improve your logistics company security.
These basic steps will immediately improve the level of security for any organization looking to secure it’s assets:
1. Establish Boundaries for Employees and Others
It may seem obvious, but having boundaries for your facility is crucial. Physical boundaries such as walls and fences are great. There are new technologies that create virtual boundaries as well (such as Remote Guarding), reducing the need for expensive physical barriers. It is important to keep any barriers in good working condition and to post clear, visible signs that the area is restricted. Another smart tactic is to restrict travel to finite areas. For example, try reducing access from multiple entrances down to just one. Additionally, taking the following small steps can lead to big improvements in security:
- Don’t let employees, vendors, or contractors park directly against the facility
- Keep dumpsters away from the building
- If possible, create a separate trash area so that product cannot easily be removed by putting it in the dumpster.
- It is too easy at many warehouses to remove merchandise without authorization. Some studies show 1 in 3 workers admit to having stolen something from their employer.
2. Protect Shipping & Receiving Docks
These areas are particularly vulnerable as there is constant activity taking place, and can become easy access points for people who should not gain entry. Surveillance of these areas are critical as well. However, there are still many things a company can do to improve security and reduce theft:
- Ensure all roll doors are fitted with locks and alarms
- If a trailer is backed to the dock, employ a dock lock to ensure the trailer cannot be easily moved
- Check for gaps between trucks and open dock doors
- Whenever possible, do not leave full trailers on the lot overnight. If possible, provide access to restrooms for truck drivers that is on the outside of your distribution facility. Additionally, rest and smoking areas for drivers should be outside.
3. Employ Cameras and Surveillance
One of the best things logistics companies can do is secure their perimeter and interior with up to date, high quality IP cameras. Remote guarding, for example, will help prevent unwanted or unauthorized entry to your facility without the need for installing fences, walls, or other large barriers. Who is watching your security? In addition to monitoring external threats, interior cameras can monitor your people and assets. Both interior and exterior cameras assist in reducing frivolous law suits and reduce your general liability exposure.
4. Secure Storage Areas
Properly securing the storage areas in your facility can help prevent shrinkage, product damage, and accidents that may injure employees.
- Ensure all paths of travel are clearly marked
- Enforce safe work practices with your lumpers and lift operators
- Be sure proper stacking techniques are used at all times and product is stored only on approved shelving
Written by: Scott Blakeman, Director of Security Solutions