5 Must-Haves for Warehouse Crime Prevention

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Thieves often target warehouses because they feel that it’s easier to take goods from a warehouse than from a brick and mortar store.

If you’re going to keep inventory in a warehouse environment, invest in these five key essentials to safeguard your business.


Without an inventory management system in place, it is too easy for goods to “go missing” from the shelf. Institute an inventory management system, and then train all staff in its use. When used routinely, an inventory management system ensures that all items are accounted for at all times, thus preventing theft.


Door alarms can startle thieves who break into the warehouse after hours. While they aren’t a standalone crime prevention measure, they’re absolutely essential, and helpful in conjunction with other crime deterrents.


Automatic door locks prevent unauthorized personnel from gaining warehouse access by waiting outside the facility for an employee to leave and then entering through the open door. These are an inexpensive and easy way to limit access to the warehouse and maintain peace of mind.


Both inside and out, surveillance cameras demonstrate that someone is watching. The mere presence of video monitoring cameras outside the warehouse can deter outsiders from targeting the facility.

Inside, cameras can act as an internal theft deterrent by prevent unhappy employees from helping themselves to valuables.


To further protect the warehouse, it’s recommended to invest in a gate control system that keeps unauthorized personnel out of the premises and offers staff a secure place to park.

Taken together, these security measures may lower business insurance premiums by demonstrating that the facility is secure. They also provide first-line protection against threats and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that business assets are protected.

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