28 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
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
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
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
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
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.