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Array of OPTEX detectors protects Intake Transport’s logistics business

by Brian Sims

A five-acre logistics site in Scunthorpe blighted by break-ins and theft of diesel is now being protected by a system that includes 30 detectors supplied by OPTEX.

Established in 1995, Intake Transport operates one of the largest fleets on the road. Although now based in Scunthorpe, the company also works from satellite depots in Sheffield, West Lothian and South Wales.

The Scunthorpe depot had experienced a number of incidents where diesel was being stolen direct from the tanks of the lorries, most severely over the Bank Holiday last August when the site was closed for three days.

Each vehicle holds at least £600 worth of diesel. Added to the cost of the damage to the bespoke-painted vehicles when intruders tried to enter the cabs and steal scrap metal from the trailers, the overall cost to the business ran into many thousands of pounds.

Richard Burgin, director of Intake Transport, approached local company Eyewatch Security for a solution. Eyewatch managing director Dean Bolton duly designed a system suitable to meet the requirements of the site.

The solution has been developed as a layered protection starting with the perimeter. Five infrared AX model beams create a ‘virtual fence’ around the compound where the lorries are parked. Six BX-80 outdoor PIRs provide a curtain of detection to protect the outdoor perimeter along the fence. Ten battery-operated, high mount HX-80 sensors afford volumetric detection to secure the approach to the office building and 25 VX-402 hardwired detectors add additional security at the entrance and around the rest of the site.

The extensive system is linked to five cameras remotely monitored at Eyewatch Security’s headquarters such that, if an intrusion is detected, the incident can be ‘seen’ and responded to on an immediate basis.

Each of the Intake Transport drivers is given a code to set and unset the system such that they don’t cause any false alarms.

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