Industrial security is an important consideration for any business. It involves the protection of personnel, property, and information from unauthorised access, theft and damage. As industrial businesses that have been affected by crime know only too well, it can be a costly and inconvenient experience that often leads to reputational damage.
There are many different aspects to industrial security and as a leading industrial security services provider, in this blog post, we will use our decades of experience to cover them all. Explaining what the issues are and how they can be overcome.
We’ll be covering:
- The types of industrial security
- Factory security
- Warehouse security
- Green energy industry security
- Supply chain, logistics and transport security
- How industrial security can benefit a business
- Workplace violence and harassment
- What to look for in an industrial security services contractor
- Industrial security services offered by Titan
At Titan Security Europe, we understand that every business is unique, and we work closely with our clients to develop customised security solutions that meet their specific needs. Take some time to read through this blog post and if you are left with any questions about our industrial security services, our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
What is industrial security?
Industrial security covers a wide range of services essential to security and workplace safety delivered across three key areas:
1. Physical security measures:
Installing physical security measures designed to prevent unauthorised access, like fences, barriers and gates, surveillance and alarm systems that monitor internal and external areas, and the installation of high-security locks or entry systems on windows and doors.
Physical security measures also include anti-theft options that can help control authorised access and the movement of staff within your facility, including motion sensors, CCTV cameras, key-card readers and biometric systems.
2. Security guards:
Having a dedicated security presence on-site is a proven deterrent. Security guards fill in the inevitable gaps left by other industrial security measures and provide an instant response should security breaches and other emergencies occur.
Security guards will:
- Conduct regular patrols of the grounds and buildings
- Inspect vehicles entering or leaving the premises
- Control access to ensure anyone entering is authorised
- Monitor CCTV and alarm systems and respond to triggers
Industrial security guards will prevent and respond to a variety of threats, such as theft, vandalism and other crimes. They are also trained to ensure that employees abide by security and safety protocols and coordinate the response to emergency situations and evacuations.
When you invest in professional security guards you can rest assured that all aspects of your facility will be properly monitored and protected against potential risks posed by both internal and external sources.
3. Organisational security measures:
Creating a culture of security within an industrial facility is one of the most effective security measures for any business. Organisational measures might include stringent procedures for employee background checks; emergency response plans in case of crisis situations; asset tracking procedures to monitor the movement of equipment and materials through the facility, and cybersecurity measures such as firewalls, encryption, and network intrusion detection systems.
All of these measures work together with an initial risk assessment to create a comprehensive industrial security strategy that helps keep your operations running smoothly and safely while preventing the loss and inconvenience associated with crime and other emergencies.
Tackling workplace violence and harassment
The European social partner framework agreement on harassment and violence at work states that incidents of violence and harassment (which they refer to as Adverse Social Behaviours) can take the following forms.
- They can be physical, psychological and/or sexual.
- They may be performed by one or more individuals.
- They may be one-off incidents or more systematic patterns of behaviour.
- They may take place amongst colleagues, between superiors and subordinates or by third parties such as clients, customers, patients or pupils.
- They can range from cases of disrespect to criminal offences.
The latest figures from the UK Health and Safety Executive estimate that there were 688,000 incidents of workplace violence in the UK alone in the year 2019 to 2020. With incidents of workplace violence and harassment constantly increasing, we take this seriously and our security guards know what to look for and receive training on how to work in partnership with clients to deal with these issues in a sensitive manner.
The benefits of industrial security
- Protection of assets: Industrial security measures can help protect a business’s physical and intellectual assets, including equipment, inventory, and information. This can help prevent theft, vandalism, and sabotage, which can be costly and disruptive to the business.
- Enhanced safety: Industrial security measures help create a safer environment for employees, contractors, and visitors. This can help prevent accidents, injuries, and other safety incidents, which can also be costly and damaging to the business.
- Compliance with regulations: Many industries are subject to regulations related to security and safety. Implementing industrial security measures can help businesses ensure that they are in compliance with these regulations, reducing the risk of fines, penalties, and legal issues.
- Improved productivity: Industrial security measures can help reduce workflow interruptions due to theft or vandalism. This can help improve productivity and profitability, allowing businesses to focus on their core operations.
- Increased customer confidence: Customers are more likely to do business with companies that have strong security measures in place. Implementing industrial security measures can help businesses build trust and confidence with their customers, which can lead to increased sales and revenue. On the other hand, businesses that become victims of crime may experience reputational damage.
- Cost savings: In addition to avoiding the cost and inconvenience of crime-related losses, businesses save money when a security strategy increases productivity. Many also benefit from reduced insurance premiums after demonstrating that they have robust security protocols in place
Types of Industrial Security
Industrial security services can be divided into four main categories:
1. Warehouse Security:
Security for warehouses, distribution centres and other storage facilities is crucial to prevent theft, damage, and loss of inventory. A warehouse is a fast-moving environment that can easily slip out of control without a set of protocols that become ingrained into standard operating procedures.
The following are some security measures that can be implemented to improve warehouse security:
- Access control: Limiting access to the warehouse is an important security measure. Automated access control systems and security guards can be used to restrict entry to authorised personnel only. This can include security gates, fencing, and barriers that funnel vehicle and foot traffic through a checkpoint.
- Surveillance systems: Security cameras can be strategically placed in key locations to provide maximum coverage of the warehouse. Backed up with continuous monitoring and intervention by personnel, surveillance is a key deterrent to employee-related crime as well as external threats.
- Security guards: Employing security guards to monitor the warehouse can provide an added layer of security. Security guards can patrol the warehouse, monitor surveillance cameras, and respond to any security incidents.
- Alarm systems: Alarm systems can be used to alert security personnel in the event of a security breach. This can include intrusion alarms, fire alarms, and environmental alarms. Security contractors often provide emergency response and key-holding services to ensure that alarm triggers receive a rapid response 24 hours a day.
- Inventory tracking systems: Inventory tracking systems can help monitor the movement of goods in and out of the warehouse. This can help identify any discrepancies or irregularities in real-time for rapid investigation and intervention.
- Lighting: Adequate lighting in and around the warehouse can help deter potential thieves and vandals. It can also improve safety for employees working in the warehouse.
- Training: Employee training is an important component of warehouse security. All employees should be trained on security procedures and policies, including how to report any security incidents or suspicious activity.
Read more about warehouse security with our full guide to warehouse security
2. Logistics and Transport Security Solutions:
Logistics refers to the complete supply chain from the sourcing of raw materials to the delivery of finished products to customers. A secure supply chain is one that is free from any unauthorised access, tampering, theft, or damage to goods.
When raw materials successfully find their way into a facility and finished products are delivered to customers on time and in good condition, a business can only experience increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.
To mitigate supply chain security risks, businesses should take proactive steps to secure their supply chain. Here are three critical security measures.
- Conducting Background Checks on Suppliers: Businesses should conduct background checks on their suppliers to ensure that they are legitimate and have a good reputation. This can include verifying their business licenses, conducting financial checks, and reviewing their compliance with regulations.
- Implementing Security Protocols for Transportation and Storage: For effective transport security businesses should implement strict security protocols for the transportation and storage of goods to prevent theft, tampering, or damage. This can include using tamper-proof seals and installing centrally monitored GPS and RFID tracking devices. Transport security escorting involves providing transport security guards to accompany goods in transit. This can include armed or unarmed escorts, depending on the level of risk involved. Security guards can help prevent theft, hijacking, and other security threats during transportation. They can also provide assistance during emergencies and help ensure compliance with security protocols.
- Developing Contingency Plans for Disruptions: Businesses should develop contingency plans for potential disruptions in the supply chain, such as natural disasters, transportation strikes, or cyber-attacks. These plans should include alternative suppliers, emergency transportation and storage plans, and communication protocols with customers.
For a more detailed look at transport security read our blog post discussing transport security risks and remedies
3. Factory Security:
Factories or manufacturing facilities are one of the most common types of industrial facilities that require security services. They often house expensive equipment and materials that need to be protected from theft or damage. Security risks come from internal and external sources with employee dishonesty being one of the main causes of financial loss.
Additionally, factories can be dangerous places to work, and having security personnel on-site can help prevent accidents and ensure that safety protocols are being followed. Factory security guards are trained to work in manufacturing environments, so they understand the unique challenges and risks. They know how to keep an eye out for potential threats while also respecting employees’ privacy and rights.
Our manufacturing security services are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for your employees and customers, as well as protect your assets and reduce the risk of theft or damage to your property. We understand that every manufacturing facility is unique, and we work closely with our clients to identify potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
4. Security for Clean Energy Producers:
There is a growing concern about misinformation about renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, and how disinformation is affecting decarbonisation efforts. Clean energy production often faces unique threats from protestors and activists that other industries may not necessarily experience.
Wind and solar farms, require specialised green energy security services to protect their facilities and equipment from theft or damage. These facilities often contain valuable equipment, such as solar panels, wind turbines, cabling and batteries, that need to be protected.
Solar farms normally occupy large areas in remote locations and require little in the way of regular staffing, so using physical access barriers and 24-hour monitoring systems becomes particularly important. In addition to static guards or regular mobile patrol visits, CCTV monitoring with alarm response by security guards is an effective security measure.
Physical threats to green energy production include:
- Theft: Solar panels and related equipment can be attractive targets for thieves due to their high value. The theft of solar panels and related equipment can result in significant financial losses for solar farm operators.
- Vandalism: Solar panels and related equipment can also be targeted for vandalism, which can cause damage to the panels and equipment, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.
- Sabotage: In extreme cases, solar farms can be targeted for sabotage by protestors, which could result in physical damage to the solar panels or other equipment, potentially disrupting the operation of the solar farm.
- Extreme weather events: Solar panels can be susceptible to damage from severe weather events such as hailstorms, high winds, or tornadoes. These weather events can cause significant damage to the solar panels, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.
At Titan Security Europe, we offer a range of security services for clean energy producers, including security guards, surveillance systems, and access control measures. Our security personnel are trained to identify potential threats and respond quickly to any incidents.
Working with our clients to develop customised security plans that are tailored to their specific needs and budget, we offer aerial drone patrol services designed to boost efficiency and cut costs.
Drones are equipped with high-resolution cameras and thermal imaging technology, allowing us to monitor and inspect large or remote areas to identify potential security threats.
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What to look for in an industrial security services contractor
Security companies can play an integral role in any industrial or commercial environment where there are valuable assets or sensitive information that needs to be safeguarded at all times. A good industrial security contractor will concentrate on protecting property and assets as well as keeping employees safe to allow management teams to concentrate on the important tasks of managing and developing the business.
When searching for an industrial security services contractor, there are several important factors to consider. These include:
- Relevant experience: Look for a contractor with extensive experience of providing industrial security services. They should have a proven track record of delivering high-quality security solutions to businesses in your industry.
- Expertise: Consider the specific expertise of the contractor. They should have a deep understanding of the security challenges faced by businesses in your industry and be able to provide customised solutions to meet your specific needs.
- Training: The contractor should have a team of well-trained and certified security professionals. Look for a contractor that invests in ongoing training and development for their staff to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest security techniques and technologies.
- Technology: The contractor should have access to cutting-edge security technology to enhance the security of your facility. This can include surveillance cameras, access control systems, and alarm systems.
- Customer service: Look for a contractor that prioritises customer service and is responsive to your needs. They should be available to provide support and assistance when you need it.
- Regulatory compliance: The contractor should be consistently up to date on relevant laws and regulations related to industrial security to ensure that their services are compliant.
- Reputation: Check the contractor’s reputation in the industry. Look for reviews and testimonials from other businesses in your industry to get a sense of their level of customer satisfaction.
By considering these factors when choosing an industrial security services contractor, you can ensure that you are working with a reliable and effective partner to enhance the security of your industrial facility.
Partnering with Titan for Industrial Security Guards and Services
By choosing Titan Security Europe, you can be confident that your industrial security needs are being met by an experienced team that will work with you to identify potential risks and develop a comprehensive security plan.
Here are three good reasons to choose Titan:
- Our industrial security solutions are designed to meet the needs of your business and are tailored to your specific requirements. We offer a wide range of industrial security services, including security guards, surveillance systems, and physical security measures.
- Our highly trained security personnel have the skills and experience needed to handle any situation that may arise, and they are equipped with the latest technology to ensure that your business is always protected.
- Our management team has decades of experience in the field, so if you need assistance with any aspect of industrial security we’ll be able to offer expert guidance on what will work best for your needs and budget.
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