There are many security seals available to protect your goods from theft. It is important to choose the right seal according to the desired use. For that, our article will present you the different seals, their utility and their functioning to choose your seals adapted to your needs.
What is the purpose of a security seal ?
A security seal is a mechanism used to seal and secure the compartment in which products are transported. They are often used to seal trailers, containers and truck doors. In addition, they can be used as evidence of attempted break-ins and theft.
Security seals can also be used to seal packaging and packages containing products. Thus, any attempt to open them will be visible thanks to their VOID adhesive, which will show the break-in.
The seals guarantee the traceability of your products or equipment thanks to a unique identification number which allows their conformity to be verified by various people.
How to choose a good security seal ?
First of all, it is necessary to evaluate your needs before buying security seals, especially for the transport of products. To do so, you need to answer these questions:
- What type of goods will be protected?
The type of goods must be taken into consideration. Indeed, if the goods are rare, of high value, sought after, you should choose very high resistance security seals.
- What is the value of the goods?
The higher the value of the goods, the higher the security level. For example, electronic products, jewellery and weapons are highly sought after by thieves. It is therefore necessary to organise their transport under high security and surveillance to combat theft attempts.
- What is the mode of transport?
The mode of transport and the destination of the goods must be taken into account when purchasing your security seals. Each transport has its own risks. Moreover, the customs regulations of each country are different, it is important to respect the required security elements to avoid any problem.
- What kind of resistance is required?
It is important to choose an effective security seal according to the desired resistance. For this, it is necessary to favour security seals that respect the 17712 standard which defines the requirements relative to the resistance of seals according to 3 classes.
What are the different security seals ?
Different security seals exist to secure access to your professional equipment or products.
In the form of a roll of scotch tape or adhesive labels, these seals are easily stuck on any type of support. Their advantage: they instantly reveal a "VOID OPEDED" message if the adhesive has been removed and testify to the infraction. These products are all tamper-proof and non-transferable, and ensure that your goods are authenticated and secure.
They prevent the use of an equipment or identify an asset thanks to the progressive tightening system. Their role is to quickly secure your installations such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits, to easily ensure the traceability and locking of your goods and to dissuade any attempt at burglary. They have the advantage of withstanding a pull of 35kg and temperatures from -20°C to 60°C. Plastic seals are the least resistant on the market.
Ideal for locking cabinets, boxes and other confidential containers, these padlock-like seals do not have a key to ensure permanent security. You will need a pair of wire cutters to remove the seal. In addition, they can be used to secure the transport of goods as they comply with international standards.
Easy to use, these plastic or stainless steel seals provide a permanent seal for a metal beaded cable. This security seal is recommended for locking your fire extinguishers, safety valves or electric meters. Your installations will be secure in the long term. You can adapt your seal by cutting the length of your choice from our wire reel so that it secures your products as well as possible.
These seals are used to secure containers or trucks as they comply with international transport standards. These seals, which comply with the ISO 17712 grade H standard, carry a unique identification number to guarantee the traceability of the goods.
Which seal for which use?
Adhesive seals are ideal for sealing packaging, industrial parts and confidential envelopes. They ensure the safe transport of your goods and confidential documents by deterring any attempt to open them.
Plastic seals and plastic seals are very economical devices. They are recommended for securing electrical installations, goods, security equipment or transport.
Padlock seals can be used to close cabinets, confidential files or certain transports.
What are the documents accompanying the security seals?
When sealing shipments, it is necessary to have identification documents such as the BL - Bill of Lading - of the goods mentioning the unique number of the security seal. This document allows you to check the correspondence of the seal numbers to authorise the opening of the container or the truck. You can film the opening of the shipment to prove that the goods have been breached. If the identification numbers are not the same on your document and on the container, you risk additional transit time and a heavy fine.
What is the standard for security seals?
To know the resistance of security seals, you can comply with the ISO 17712 standard which classifies seals in 3 classes according to their degree of resistance evaluated during tests. 3 classes are defined: I (indicative), S (security) and H (high security). This procedure allows to test the capacity to leave a proof of fraud and to audit the seal manufacturers. Compliance with this standard is required for international transport so that products sent in containers are highly secure against theft attempts.