Wouldn’t it be great if the world was all sunshine and rainbows?
Unfortunately, it isn’t! Bad things happen all the time, and precautions must be taken to avoid them.
Take theft, for example.
A burglary takes place every 15 seconds in America! That stacks up to 2.2 million of them throughout the year.
Those statistics are sure to ring alarm bells for anybody running their own business. The potential losses from a well-organized burglary could spell the end of them.
Do you run a warehouse facility? Well, it’s vital that you employ adequate facility security to protect your stock, equipment, and staff.
But you know that already. The real question is how to do it. In that regard, we’d like to help.
Looking to bolster the security of your business?
Keep reading for 7 top tips for doing exactly that.
1. Install Cameras
The first thing you’ll want to do is install closed-circuit television (or CCTV for short).
As you’re well aware, CCTV forms the foundation of most small business (and residential) security systems. With cameras on the premises, you can keep a watchful eye over proceedings.
This comes in handy in numerous ways.
You effectively turn yourself into a fly on the wall. It’s impossible to check up on affairs without cameras. You don’t know what’s going on or who’s doing what.
Even better, you can now link cameras up with your smartphone. You can be anywhere in the world with a WiFi connection and have an eye on the facility floor. Of course, that footage means you stand a chance of catching thieves in the act.
It goes without saying that cameras become a deterrent as well. Knowing they will be caught on camera, people are less likely to commit the crime.
And, finally, having cameras is a good way of lowering your insurance premiums!
2. Incorporate Access Control
So, you’ve now got eyes on the facility.
That’s a good place to start.
But that can only get you so far. After all, a camera can’t stop someone breaking in! To really ramp up your security, you need a way to regulate entry into the facility.
Access control does exactly that.
It comes in different forms. However, it’s basically anything that helps to control the access to a property. Keycards, fingerprints, facial recognition, and passwords are a few examples.
If you’re not allowed in, then the switch won’t flick (wondering what is a reed switch? That post should help) and you’re stuck outside.
Installing any of those options is of vital importance. Suddenly, you prevent someone just waltzing into the building! As well as protecting the facility, it’s also a reassuring safety measure for your employees.
3. Put Up a Fence
It’s time to make your facility as impenetrable as possible.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go all Fort Knox on proceedings! More often than note, a simple fence around the facility will be enough to dissuade wrongdoers from trying to get it.
Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity.
A would-be thief will be walking through the area and spot an opportunity to steal. The easier it is, the better. As such, it’s your job to make it as hard (aka unappealing) as possible for them to succeed!
A fence provides a literal and figurative barrier to crime. It makes the crime itself harder to accomplish, and deters more people in the process.
4. Install Spotlights
Spotlights are another relatively straightforward way to deter criminals.
A large proportion of burglaries happen at night, under the cover of darkness. This makes sense! Burglars don’t want to be caught, which makes darkness their ally.
Simply, they’re far more likely to get away with the deed (assuming they can avoid night-vision CCTV cameras and so on).
Installing spotlights provides a solution. The burglar sees the lights and knows they’ll be lit up when they approach the location. People might see them trespassing and alert the authorities; everyday CCTV will get a clear picture of who’s on-site.
You could also install motion detectors. That way, the lights aren’t on all the time; they’ll only trigger when somebody walks past.
5. Employ Security Guards
Well-trained security guards are arguably the best way to secure your facility.
After all, you’ve got eyes, ears, and feet on the ground to address any issue that arises. They can patrol the area, challenge anyone they don’t recognize, and check bags for contraband.
If an issue does occur, then they’re trained to handle it. The guards will apprehend an intruder and call the police as well.
That amounts to peace of mind for you and everyone else in the facility.
6. Get Guard Dogs
Let’s face it:
Nobody messes with guard dogs.
There’s nothing quite like a big, snarling dog bearing its teeth to put a burglar off.
Remember, the harder it is to steal, the less likely they’ll be to try. The possibility of being chased, bitten and attacked by a dog is far from an appealing prospect.
Any prospective wrongdoers around will probably look elsewhere with dogs around (and signs telling them about it).
Get yourself some guard dogs to go with your other security measures and you’re onto a winner.
7. Don’t Forget Internet Security
Physical security measures are all-important.
But in our digital era, it’d be foolish to forget about the online side of the equation.
These days, most businesses utilize the web somewhere in their operations.
For some, the entire facility might be smart, and linked in with the internet. For others, there might be particular software monitoring crucial aspects of operations.
Regardless of how influential the internet is in your own facility, though, protection against cybercrime is vital. All it takes is one piece of malware to shut your warehouse down! It’s of paramount importance that you install effective cybersecurity measures.
Incorporate These Facility Security Measures
Theft is a serious problem for businesses in this country.
Hopefully, though, the facility security measures we’ve suggested above will ensure your business avoids such a fate.
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