The economy of America and the well being of her citizens is reliant on the transportation of goods; almost everything that is consumed or used across the country has likely travelled a great time and distance from production before being put into use. Each step in the transit process sees the product handled by a different set of hands, each of which represents a unique security risk.
Losses from large scale and organized commerce thefts are calculated at billions of dollars every year. However a greater threat comes from spontaneous and small scale pilfering – when a large number of people have potential access to the goods and strong loss prevention protocols are not in place it can be easy for a small amount of product to go missing unnoticed, which quickly adds up to a total amount of inventory shrinkage estimated to be higher than that from direct losses. This is particularly a threat in areas where goods are transferred between couriers.
For warehouses and storage yards with goods, many of the usual security protocols should be applied. Strong access control steps should be taken to ensure it is a secure and controlled area. All areas containing merchandise should be well lit with clear sight lines to any position where containers may be opened. Incoming trucks should follow the same route whether dropping off or picking up a shipment, and be properly documented in arrival, departure, and in every action performed on its cargo. A well planned and operated security procedure will both decrease the risk of product loss, and increase the efficiency of a less structured operation.