Cargo theft at warehouses and distribution centers costs U.S. businesses as much as $30 million a year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With the price of goods continuing to increase due to the looming recession and inflation, cargo theft numbers continue to rise as thieves can generate greater and greater profits on the resale market. If your warehouse, distribution center or truck lot hasn’t been hit yet, it’s only a matter of time. Are you ready?
“Cargo theft costs U.S. businesses as much as $30 million a year.” - FBI
Thieves continue to find more innovative ways to access cargo, and it’s up to business owners and their security partners to develop stronger security plans to keep them at bay. Before thieves put a target on your warehouse, take these steps to stop them before they can make off with your profits.
A risk assessment is a critical tool for improving your warehouse or distribution center’s security. By assessing your facility’s weak points, you know where to invest your time, energy, and capital. Need help finding your facility’s hidden vulnerabilities? Schedule your free Threat Assessment with AMAROK today. One of our security experts can help you pinpoint weak spots in your security plan before thieves do.
Too often, warehouse owners throw up a security camera or a chain-link fence and think that’s good enough. Or they rest on doing nothing and think they’re covered because they have insurance (which is often not the case). But the best way to keep thieves out of your warehouse, distribution center, or truck lot is a layered security approach.
Layered perimeter security keeps thieves from accessing your parking lot, property and entryways by stopping them before they get in. Some aspects you’ll want to have in place include:
Within your warehouse or distribution center, there are a lot of moving parts. Shipping and receiving, stocking and pulling orders, a cleaning crew, the maintenance folks, sales reps and contractors coming and going – with that many people exposed to the vicinity, there are ample opportunities for internal theft.
“Internal theft costs U.S. businesses $50 million a year.”
The threat of theft is considerable, but a focus on warehouse and distribution center security should also protect your most valuable asset – your employees. Crime at your location puts your employees at risk of theft of personal assets, violence, and worse. Implementing a strong security plan at your facility protects your inventory, assets, employees and your reputation from the detrimental effects of crime.