A recent incident in a warehouse at a GoTrax distributor in Carrollton, TX was reported by Lauren Zakalik of www.wfaa.com, and it illustrates the absolute need for comprehensive warehouse security. Despite the GoTrax company having video security cameras, secure fencing, and good lighting, at 2am Friday January 22, 2021, several thieves climbed a fence, cut the gate chains, and then entered the facility with four semi tractors. It took them only twenty minutes to attach their tractors to four trailers filled with expensive GoTrax hoverboards and scooters. They drove off with $600,000 worth of brand-new inventory. The “hoverboard heist” is being investigated by Carrollton TX police but all the police have to work with is the security video which recorded the event. GoTrax COO Nathan Carlson stated, “Somebody obviously knows our yard…They knew exactly what to do and which containers to get and to take…”
In this example of the GoTrax robbery, it must be noted that despite a good, even upgraded security system, the one missing element was on-site presence. There were no security guards, no manned gates, no foot or car patrols in place to prevent the brazen break-in and theft of $600,000 worth of inventory. Warehouse security guards were the essential key element that was missing and could have prevented this $600,000 loss for the company.
Managing warehouse security is integral to economic success and workflow for many companies, both large and small. In the US in 2019, it was estimated that theft- both internal and external- costs warehousers, manufacturers and shippers an estimated $15 billion a year. Eighty seven percent of that theft occurred in freight yards and warehouses. Countless businesses rely on expensive inventory and equipment that is stored and processed in warehouse properties. Manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses and e-commerce centers are just a few businesses that utilize warehouse space. Giants such as Amazon, IKEA, Microsoft, Estee Lauder, GameStop, or Walmart, down to small businesses and start-ups- all depend on securely monitoring their warehouse flow of people, equipment and inventory.
Basic warehouse security has many components- quality alarm systems, video surveillance cameras, and remote alarm monitoring. Other key security contributors are solidly constructed warehouse buildings that resist break-ins, landscaping that does not protect or provide hiding places for thieves, excellent lighting that gives correct illumination around the warehouse, dumpsters, and parking lots, and solid perimeter fencing. Access control systems that monitor the flow of people, and computerized control of receiving dock deliveries with barcode scanners and the like are also essential for control.
Yet even with all these security protocols in place, the final essential element needed for warehouse security is on-site security guards. No camera, no lighting, no text alarm system or motion sensors notifying of break-in is useful without on-site guards or on-site monitoring initiating immediate response. Remember, according to the time-stamp on the GoTrax security video, it only took twenty minutes for the thieves to get away with four tractor trailers filled with more than half a million in expensive merchandise. All that the GoTrax security system did was take a video of the “hovercraft heist” that was viewed after the fact. An on-site security guard giving an immediately response would have been the key difference in stopping the heist.
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