Why is Secure Warehousing so important?
The protection and monitoring of your stock is one of the most essential parts of running a successful business. Your stock is your money maker and unfortunately, criminals are aware of this as well, the only thing stopping them is the warehouse and its team. This is why having an experienced, reliable and trustworthy warehousing company is essential for any business that deals with large amounts of stock.
A secure warehouse prevents the theft or loss of stock and lowers the overall expenses of the business. It also monitors the levels of your stock and will notify your business when stocks are low, helping your business stay ahead and avert distribution issues. Stock control is an added service most secure warehouses offer as they monitor your stock for security purposes already and are therefore able to tell you when stocks are getting low.
How do Warehouses secure your Stock?
Each warehouse will have its own unique features they use in order to keep your stock safe and secure however they generally have the following similar features:
Armed and Trained guards
Warehouse guards undergo specialised training and are equipped to handle a variety of situations. They are responsible for monitoring who has access to the warehouse, accompanying visitors inside the warehouse and ensuring that all of the warehouse’s security features are operating at full capacity.
Have suitable Perimeter Fencing
Many warehouses have additional security outside of the warehouse, such as an access control gate onto the premises, electric fencing and patrolling guards. These security features aim to alert security personnel of any issues before criminals are even able to enter the warehouse.
CCTV cameras and Alarm Systems
Aside from the security guards monitoring the building most warehouses have CCTV cameras monitoring the warehouse from various locations and angles. This helps cover any blind spots and makes up for the gaps left by patrolling guards. Guards monitoring the cameras also have easier access to panic buttons and are able to press them before the criminals are aware. Alarm systems also monitor the warehouse when it is closed and is often connected to the perimeter fencing in order to be alerted in advance to any possible issues.
Fire Prevention and Control
Not all loss comes from criminals, it can also be caused by fires. Warehouses are equipped with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and emergency exits in case of a fire. Trained security guards are also taught how to deal with potential fire hazards and situations. Having a smart warehousing system also ensures that the doors will not automatically lock in the case of a fire in order to ensure personnel can safely leave the building should they need to.
How to choose the right Warehouse for your Business?
First look at the reviews of a warehouse and see if they are a reliable business with repeat customers. Working with a reliable company that has experience in the industry will help your business reach its goals faster than with a new, inexperienced company. Check the location of the warehouses available as the location will affect the costs of distributing your stock. Also, check what services the company can offer you, every business is different and has different needs and requirements. Having a flexible company that can offer you tailor-made solutions will save you time and money. If you require further information contact Bridgewater Logistics on 010 020 2518 or visit: https://bridgewaterlogistics.co.za/contact-us/