5 top tips for security sealing

5 top tips for security sealing

25 Nov 2015

Preventing cargo theft and protecting assets in transit can involve complex planning. For an effective security process, it is best for all cargo to be incorporated into an integrated security programme using security seals and the development of a written framework. Constant monitoring of security seals within a documented framework will mitigate the risk of pilferage, which could cause damage to your brand and loss of customers

Preventing cargo theft and protecting assets in transit can involve complex planning. For an effective security process, it is best for all cargo to be incorporated into an integrated security programme using security seals and the development of a written framework. Constant monitoring of security seals within a documented framework will mitigate the risk of pilferage, which could cause damage to your brand and loss of customers.

Here are 5 TOP TIPS you should consider when looking at security sealing.

1. Procurement

The selection of a suitable security seal should be based on key factors such as:

  • Your current security practices
  • Value of assets in transit
  • Types of sealing application
  • Environmental considerations

For effective tracking of inventory, customisation can be applied from a variety of printing options and colours, which can make the security seals unique to your business and tailored to your application.

2. Storage and installation

Once your selected seals have been delivered, it is important to visually inspect them to ensure that they have not been compromised en route, and keep a detailed log of the delivered security seals. The seals should then be stored in a secure area, only accessible by authorised personnel.

They will need to maintain a log of outbound seals and record information before a security seal is allowed to leave your secure storage location, such as time of release, seal description, application, vehicle number and identity of the person installing the seals. Only personnel who have been trained on the proper installation method should be allowed to operate the security seal.

3. Inspection

Before the seal is applied, you will need to conduct a visual inspection of the seal and the locking area. To confirm if the seal has been installed correctly, gently pull the seal apart to ensure that the locking mechanism has been properly engaged. This will ensure the goods for transit are secure for delivery.

4.Removal

When the cargo arrives at its destination, the security seal should be visually inspected for any irregularities or tamper marks. During inspection, gently pull the seal apart to ensure that the locking mechanism has not been compromised. Any errors or discrepancies can highlight potential attempts of pilferage or theft, and should be reported and documented immediately.

5. Disposal

The security seals should be destroyed after use, to prevent fraudulent use of old seals. Methods of destruction such as crushing and cutting will ensure that the locking mechanism and marking of the seals are no longer distinguishable after use.

For more advice about security sealing, please call us on 0845 758 5070 or email sales@essentracomponents.co.uk