Aug. 3, 2012
-- With cargo crime a persistent threat, you can protect your inventory with what Ron Heil calls "layered security." The idea is simple, but it's one often overlooked by DC managers.
These "rings of protection" start with an outer ring that includes such basics as lights, fences, and gates. The obstacles continue at the walls of the DC, then grow tighter in an inner ring of high-tech security systems, says Heil, senior security consultant at TranSystems and a certified protection professional.
In the August issue of industry newsletter, "Distribution Center Management", Heil explains that the layers are designed to get tougher to penetrate as you move closer to the inventory. The idea is to restrict entry and exit points and to channel visitors and vehicle traffic to areas where protection measures are concentrated.
By limiting exit routes from your facility, you create the fear in a thief's mind that he'll be trapped if he's discovered.
Heil explains how to implement a layered security system in the August issue of Distribution Center Management.About the Distribution Group
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