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Loading docks make great access points for companies that have warehouses. While these access points are a necessity, they also incur inherent security risks that can leave a company vulnerable to unauthorized entrances and vandalism.

There are many preventative solutions that businesses and commercial properties can employ, including maintaining the security of your warehouse doors, installing a dock leveler seal, and using landing gear.

Maintain Equipment

Broken warehouse doors, weak panels, and broken windows are an invitation to unauthorized entry. Repairs at entry points should be a priority for any business owner, even if the damage seems minimal.

Keep Doors Closed

Employees working in loading docks are notorious for leaving warehouse doors and gates open during hours of operation. An optional portable scissor gate will allow you to keep your door open and secure the area.

Dock Leveler Seals

Dock seals create a barrier for outside elements and people to see inside the warehouse. Some companies have dock leveler seals for sanitary and security reasons. If a truck needs to park in the bay, the doors can stay open while the gap between them is sealed.

Require Lock-Landing Gear

A company can take extra precaution with delivered trailers by requiring landing locks. When drivers arrive at an unattended dock and lower the landing gear, they should secure the equipment with a lock to prevent an unauthorized driver from hooking up and driving away with property they do not own.

Without proper security measures in place, goods can leave without the knowledge or consent of the owners. By making safety improvements to docks and warehouse doors, a business reduces loss.

If you are looking for alternative information about loading docks and keeping your entrance secure, Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Installing a security gate is one of the best options to prevent unauthorized entry at a commercial property during off-business hours. Gates come in an array of styles, including swing gates, barrier gates, lift gates, and slide gates. High-traffic areas can benefit from an automatic gate, while small businesses might save money with a padlocked design.

Keeping company property secure and protected against vandalism, intruders, and theft is a priority for any business. Even if an insurance policy covers losses, damage can derail productivity or cause issues for customers. Here are four ways the right gate can benefit a company:

Creates Limited Access Points

With a security gate, businesses can set up a guard station or install a keypad to prevent unauthorized individuals from coming onto the property. By having a single-entry gate with only one way in and out of the property, staff can more easily monitor when guests come and go, while preventing solicitors from interrupting work.

Increases Property Values

Gates add value to a commercial property and can provide an aesthetic appeal to the exterior of buildings. Studies show that installing a security gate can increase property value by as much as 5% creating a substantial return on this investment in security and safety.

Provides Around-The-Clock Security

Unless businesses are open 24 hours a day, there are times when property is likely left unattended. A tall gate wards off intruders and can keep heavy equipment and other outdoor assets secure from curious passersby. It can also safeguard against vandalism or litter to keep lawns and building exteriors looking clean and professional.

Deters Trespassers

A physical gate creates a barrier that can deter trespassing or theft on the property. When coupled with an alarm, a security gate can slow down an intruder, allowing law enforcement to react in time to stop a theft or catch the culprit. In even more positive outcomes, the gate deters entry to such a degree that the would-be trespasser moves on to different options.

As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Doors with access controls are supposed to make businesses more secure, but this isn’t always the case. In theory, these doors are designed to ensure only those with a code or card can get in. However, hacking such systems is often as easy as picking up a dropped ID card or watching an employee enter a code on the keypad. Knowing your system’s vulnerabilities is the first step to making it more secure. Here are three ways your system can be hacked:

Crimes Of Opportunity

Sometimes hacking a system is a matter of patience. A visitor can steal a card from a desk, and someone who wants to gain access to a building can slip in behind an authorized employee. People who want access to your business, or just the information within, are willing to bide their time and wait for that moment of vulnerability. Business owners can reduce the chance of these security breaches by upgrading systems or training employees on best practices, such as staying vigilant about letting others in behind them.

Interfering With The Physical System

Electronic security systems are better than a plain lock and key, but they also have a glaring vulnerability: they depend on power. Security cameras can be rendered useless with a snip of a wire. To guard against this, business owners can set systems to run with backup generators, but this is an extra expense and still leaves a few moments between the power shutting off and the backup generator coming online that hackers can exploit.

Remotely Hacking Into The Business’ Network

Businesses that deal with financial or personal information are potential targets for hackers who want to gain access to and sell or exploit data. Potential hackers can discover plenty about getting into Wi-Fi systems or secured servers by doing a quick search on the web, some of which provide step-by-step instructions on how to crack digital systems.

Hackers are always discovering new ways to gain access to buildings or networks, businesses should also have a plan in place to respond to a breach quickly.

For more information how to protect your business please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Cold weather can wreak havoc on exterior doors. The cold temperatures cause metal door components to contract, which can alter the way the door opens and closes or locks. Without proper door insulation, businesses can experience heat loss, resulting in increased energy costs. Here are some ways to prepare for unpredictable winter weather to ensure a business entrance remains secure:

Before The Storm

Door installers or maintenance specialists should check screws, hinges, and springs to ensure they are not loose.

Weather stripping should be tested to ensure the door remains properly insulated. Weather stripping can crack and warp from repeated exposure to cold weather.

A professional door technician can repair or replace existing weather stripping before a storm hits. They may also apply caulking to seal door frames to preserve the energy efficiency of the business.

Rolling or sliding doors depend on adequate lubrication for proper operation. Cold temperatures can dry out the lubrication, increasing friction during operation.

Some areas encounter excess rain in the winter, and entrances should be watertight to prevent interior flooding and water damage. Moisture can cause swelling of the door frame, which can cause the door to scrape as it opens and shuts.

After The Storm

Ensure pathways and driveways leading to entrances are clear of snow and that salt/sand is applied to the pavement to improve traction for customers and business owners.

Cold weather may be harsh, but taking preventative measures goes a long way toward preserving the security of a business entrance. Checking door hardware, insulation and seals helps prolong the life of the door and maintain its proper operation even in the face of unpredictable winter weather.

For more information on how to keep your property safe, please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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All businesses, no matter the industry, are vulnerable to break-ins from intruders. Having a way to secure various building entrances keeps employees, inventory and other valuables safe from theft or harm. Here’s an overview on the most common types of locks and ways business owners can upgrade their existing security to a higher level of protection:

Types Of Locks

Traditional lock-and-key doors are inexpensive and easy to install, but they provide minimal security. Lockpickers and intruders can easily use small tools or brute force to break open a door, which puts businesses and employees at risk.

A step above these traditional barriers are electronic locks. Keypad controls, card readers, automatic timed locks and remote transmitters are a few examples of electronic locks that provide an extra level of security for a business. Most electronic locks fall under two categories:

• Fail-safe: the door automatically unlocks during power failures, allowing those inside to exit safely if necessary
• Fail-secure: the door automatically locks during power failures, which means people can’t enter or exit the building for added security

Entrances that have different types of electrical locks keep your business more secure. Any attempted forced entry requires a rewiring of the system, and this is too time consuming for most intruders.

Implementing Increased Door Security

Digital locks let business owners implement higher levels of security, keeping out both criminals and pedestrians. Card readers let employers limit building access to those who have been issued a card; because cards can be stolen or misplaced, a keypad entrance might be preferred.

Boosting Entrance Security With Lights & Cameras

Installing motion-detector lights can help increase visibility at entrance areas, perhaps deterring a potential intruder. Brightly lit entrances certainly don’t invite criminals to hang around trying to bypass challenging locks.
Security cameras can record footage of entrances and automatically store it on a hard drive. Business owners can later review and evaluate the footage or use it for investigation purposes should intruders get past door locks.

Having a multi-faceted security system helps keep commercial buildings safer. It ensures employees are safe and it keeps valuable items secure when the building is unoccupied.

For more information on different types of door locks please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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