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How to Better Secure Your Warehouse and Distribution Center from Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 21, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Your warehouses and distribution centers stand at the core of your business operations, housing valuable products in one central location. Yet, these facilities are also prime targets for both cargo theft and storeroom burglary.

 “CargoNet, which tracks voluntarily reported cargo thefts, said there were 566 incidents in the U.S. and 16 in Canada in the second quarter last year, a 57% year-over-year increase. The majority of cargo thefts in the second quarter of 2023 occurred near warehouses and distribution centers, along with unsecured parking lots and company truck yards and premises, according to both Overhaul and CargoNet.”

Traditional security measures, while effective to a degree, often fall short in providing comprehensive protection. From vulnerable entry points to internal theft by employees, safeguarding your warehouse and parking area requires a multifaceted approach.

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

How to Protect Your Western Canada Warehouse From Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 1, 2022 5:40:07 AM

Warehouse security is a priority for plant managers and managers of distribution facilities. You want to protect your products, all while optimizing storage space and building a culture of trust among your employees. 

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

4 Tips That Will Protect Your Warehouse From Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 5, 2021 1:37:17 PM

Last September $150,00 in cell phones were stolen from an Alberta warehouse. And just this year, an Amazon warehouse in BC had hundreds of thousands of products stolen from their property. Even more recently, $70,00 worth of appliances were recovered from a warehouse theft in Abbotsford, Alberta. 

While these cases were solved, not all warehouse owners are as lucky. Sometimes products disappear unbeknownst to the company, while other times thieves get away with thousands of dollars in product and are never found. 

And if you think it’s only external threats or after-hours thefts you have to worry about, you’d be wrong. The Amazon products that went missing were stolen by an employee. 

So to help ensure your warehouse is safe and secure, we hope that these four tips will help you protect your assets:

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Warehouse Secure From Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Whether you are an entrepreneur in the retail industry or a freight shipping company operating out of Western Canada, you’ll know just how important warehouse space and distribution centres are for the success of your business.

Your organization’s warehouse or distribution centre will be full of highly valuable stock, and for some people, this presents an opportunity in which they just can’t help themselves from committing a crime.

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

How to Keep Your Warehouse or Distribution Centre Protected From Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 10, 2018 11:48:25 AM

Are you the owner or manager of a warehouse, distribution centre or manufacturing company? Are you concerned about the security of your facility when it comes to both external and internal theft? If you answered yes to either of these then it’s probably about time you updated your warehouse security.

The fact is, warehouses and distribution centres pose unique challenges that traditional security systems simply do not have the ability to address. 

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

5 Ways to Improve Your Warehouse Security System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 26, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Warehouses and distribution centres often pose a unique challenge for traditional security systems. With their often massive size and complex layout, vulnerabilities often occur that can expose your inventory to not only external threats such as break-ins but internal threats such as employee theft.

We’ve come up with 5 solid ways you can increase security in your warehouse or distribution centre, and protect your valuable inventory and assets from theft and vandalism.

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Security Alarms, Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

How To Protect Your Warehouse or Distribution Centre From Employee Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 6, 2015 7:22:00 AM

Distribution Centres and Warehouses are more liable to employee theft than any other business.  While you may focus on keeping criminals out of your warehouse, internal theft by company employees and contractors should also be considered.

I've seen many different types of warehouse and distribution centre theft, and one of the most common methods of theft in a warehouse environment involves a partnership between two employees, often a warehouse employee working with a delivery truck driver.  

Sometimes, theft is committed by an employee you would never suspect, as it can be common place for inventory to go missing if employees feel under-appreciated or underpaid, or perhaps just feel that the occasional product is a fringe benefit of working in your Distribution Centre.

As you know some distribution centres are massive, and can be very challenging to monitor, therefore properly protecting your facility from internal theft by implementing the following preventative measures is a good start to reducing your internal theft risk.

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Topics: Office Workplace Security, Building Access Control, Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

Protect Your Dealership from Asset Theft and Vandalism

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 1, 2015 2:06:00 PM


Automotive, RV and equipment dealerships are all attractive targets for would-be thieves, vandals and organized crime. 

Keeping the dealership compound, parts warehouse, storage areas, office and repair shop, all secure can be a big challenge.

Dealerships appeal to criminals who are looking to steal vehicles and to get hold of valuable vehicle parts such as catalytic converters, air bags, navigation systems, pick-up truck tailgates, tires, rims, and in most cases the damage they do to the vehicle to rip these items out can cost many thousands of dollars in repairs. 

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Topics: Security for Fenced Compounds, Security for Auto Dealerships, Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

Protect Your Warehouse From Criminals with Verified Audio Intrusion

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 6, 2015 9:35:00 AM


Warehouses and Distribution Centres pose a unique challenge for security due to their large size and complex layouts.  

Conventional alarms in a warehouse environment consist of motion sensors that detect movement at popular entry points such as doors, windows and in the aisles of inventory and goods. Unfortunately, this type of conventional, unverified alarm system will not protect your warehouse or distribution centre from criminals.  Why?

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Topics: Monitored Audio Alarms, Verified Security Alarms, Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

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