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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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