Transport & Distribution
KST understands that technology is not only critical to the performance of modern loss prevention functions, but is essential to the job satisfaction, development and retention of good loss prevention staff.
For many years, there’s been significant investment in Transport & Distribution technology; from automation in fulfilment, IT systems and transportation – while loss prevention was often underfunded.
Forward thinking businesses looking to achieve a greater return from their loss prevention staff are recognising that investment in CCTV, incident reporting, trend and data analytics and safe distance people screening all help to improve the performance of their loss prevention teams.
Common Risks Within Transport & Distribution:
Health & Safety
Employee welfare is paramount and with the increasing use of machinery for picking & packing, together with high levels of stock being stacked to ceiling height in warehouse environments, workers are constantly at risk of harm during their working day. These environments therefore present considerable liability risks to employers
Employees are trusted to undertake their work to the best of their ability. It is, however, an unavoidable fact that the theft of stock does happen and can have a significantly negative impact on profitability. Limited process and managerial visibility are common contributing factors to loss of product through internal theft
Integrity of Surveillance Systems
Broken cameras mean entire sections of premises are open to threats. Like any piece of hardware, cameras need ongoing maintenance with defunct units being replaced from to time-to-time. Knowing when a unit is malfunctioning can be difficult and without a robust remote engineering function in place, it is quite common for systems to go unchecked for years
Main logistics hubs and satellite warehouses are typically located on major arterial routes and on the peripheries of urban areas. Many occupiers are choosing to improve the aesthetic of their properties with trees, shrubs and greenery. The downside is that this provides opportunistic criminals with areas of cover
Proactive Perimeter Protection
It is accepted that for a crime to take place, your perimeter must be breached. Stopping intruders at this critical point is a proactive measure that prevents crime before it occurs. Traditional means of CCTV monitoring recording are not capable of intervening in criminal activity, although they can facilitate an after-the-fact review of footage.
By the very nature of the business, major storage and distribution facilities are often packed tightly with valuable product. The risk of fire can have devastating results and is a constant threat to employee safety and to profitability through large scale loss of product.
Poorly lit or shadowy areas provide criminals with the perfect cover to move around without raising suspicion.
How the KST Group Can Help
Fire Safety Systems
The installation of modern fire suppression systems such as sprinklers, fire doors, and smoke ventilation throughout a building can prevent the escalation of a fire. If fire detection systems are installed, they should be regularly tested, and the test results documented. Employees should be well-trained in recognising fire hazards and the evacuation procedures to follow in real-life scenarios. The combination of these elements can greatly impact the ability of the facility to respond and effectively minimise the damage caused by a fire.
Working alongside clients to understand the risks at each site, innovative patrolling solutions protect assets and ensure a continuous deterrent. Throughout internal or external patrols routes, NFC tags can be fitted at pre-defined points and scanned by officers to provide site specific patrol reports through the DYMENSiON trend and data analytics platform. These reports are used to highlight any security or health and safety risks, or to ensure additional focus is given to key areas.
CCTV & Monitoring
An effective security surveillance system can provide visibility over an entire facility and help keep property and employees secure. CCTV solutions reduce crime and can provide a valuable record of key events for investigative purposes, providing 24/7 surveillance with live remote viewing access. The use of effective lighting around a distribution or manufacturing facility also helps a remote monitored video surveillance system, improving the ability of a remote specialist to visually verify a threat and take the appropriate action. [link to KST Systems landing page]