Warehouse Security

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Warehouse security is one of the most important aspects of many commercial businesses. Companies all over the world depend on their warehouses to store valuable aspects of their business, and security problems will result in financial losses as well as lower employee morale.

There are a number of factors to consider when taking action against potential theft.

It is important to think about both the external and internal properties of your premises, and assess every possible warehouse security risk. This means making it as difficult as possible for thieves to break in… And, in case they do, ensure that they can’t access your inventory.

Despite having CCTV in place to help deter thieves, many companies across the globe still discover explainable inventory loss.

Unfortunately, many businesses rely solely on ineffective safeguards like CCTV and alarm systems, and as a result fall victim to the false sense of security that they tend to provide.

The reality is that CCTV is only in place to protect properties from external break-ins. In relying exclusively on CCTV, businesses fail to recognize the potential threat from internal theft that occurs all too often.

General Building Considerations

Our Warehouse Security Checklist

It is important to remember that no single measure will reduce theft completely, but a combination of processes, high quality security products, and hiring standards along with physical security will improve warehouse operations and eliminate the risk of any losses. Here we have collated a few warehouse security best practices to help you ensure a smooth operation.


While we certainly don’t recommend CCTV as a stand-alone system, the addition of video security will benefit you in a number of ways. Primarily acting as a deterrent to potential thieves who may think twice with these prominently in place externally, but also as an internal safeguard. Physical security is a must.

Locking Devices and Key Controls

External and internal windows, doors, gates and fences should be securely fitted with proper locking devices. That could mean access control systems, which are ideal for commercial premises where the ability to change codes with ease is necessary; or simple, yet effective, padlocks that protect against theft, vandalism, and unauthorized entry. Once again, physical security is needed and recommended.


Adequate lighting both inside and out of the building is key. All entrances, exits, cargo handling, storage areas, fence lines, and parking areas should be fully lit.

Car Parks and Access Points

While perhaps an obvious point, it is essential to separate shipping docks from general staff and visitor car parks to eliminate the chance of swiftly removing items. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology, 87% of losses occur at the road transport level, where warehouses and receivers of goods are most at risk.

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