Date icon28 June 2021

The risk of theft, and the financial loss that comes with it, is just one of many reasons to secure your warehouse. Effective security methods can also prevent unauthorised access to sensitive information and stop employees who don’t have the appropriate training or protective equipment from entering potentially dangerous areas of your business.

All of this considered, it’s well worth investing in security as a preventative measure rather than a reactive one. Instead of waiting until you’re hit by crime, a member of staff is hurt or you get caught out by health and safety inspectors, consider taking the following actions today.

Install high-quality CCTV – inside and out

A CCTV system made up of reliable technologies and cameras capable of capturing high-quality imagery will help protect your warehouse on three fronts.

Firstly, it’ll enable you to monitor warehouse activity in real time so you can ensure only those with the right authorisation are inside. Secondly, a system that records will automatically gather evidence against anyone who illegally enters or takes from your premises – so if something is stolen or damaged, you can address the issue quickly. Lastly, the mere presence of a CCTV system – namely visible cameras – should act as a deterrent, making would-be thieves and trespassers think twice about their actions.

Rather than just cover the inside of your warehouse, consider extending your CCTV system to include car parks and even approaching roads so you can see who is coming and going from a central point.

Invest in intelligent access control

Connected access control systems, like those offered by TouchStar, give you the power to control who can go where on your property from a central point. They also provide audit trails, important sources of information that could facilitate the extension of security to access points across your company.

While manual door locks and padlocks will deter and protect to a certain level, they become inconvenient when you need to grant access to visitors and new employees. Traditional keys can also go missing or be copied without permission, increasing the likelihood of unauthorised access.

By using smarter access control solutions, such as biometric scanners, card scanners and connected door locks, you can effectively manage and monitor the flow of people entering into and out of warehouse spaces. If a newly qualified employee needs access to a specific area, for example, or if another has their authorisation revoked for whatever reason, you can make the necessary changes immediately.

Hire human security staff

As well as being a visual deterrent, there’s still a lot to be said for having experienced security operatives stationed on and around your property.

Instead of seeing technology as an alternative to security staff, consider the ways in which access control and CCTV systems can complement human security staff. The technology helps to streamline security operations by raising instant alarms and providing all the relevant intelligence. As a tool it helps security staff monitor and manage incidents quickly and effectively.

Protect and monitor your workspace

It’s your duty as an employer to keep workers safe, and security technologies such as CCTV and access control systems can play a big part in doing that – not just in your warehouse but across the business premises. As well as protecting goods, you have the chance to control the flow of people through your organisation in a way that keeps people safe and you compliant with both health and safety and data protection legislation.

Secure your warehouse today

Get in touch today to learn how TouchStar’s access control systems can be used to protect warehouses and their contents.    

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LYNDEN JONES

Lynden joined Touchstar ATC (formally Feedback Data) in a sales role for Access Control in 2010.  Prior to joining the company, Lynden held both Production and Account Manager roles, gaining wide technical and commercial experience within the electronics market.  

In 2013 Lynden was promoted to Sales Director and in 2017 he took overall responsibility of the business as Managing Director.As well as running Touchstar ATC, Lynden still remains extremely active in the sales and key account management aspects of the business. When not involved in the business, Lynden is a keen performance car enthusiast.