The UK loses up to £1 million worth of construction site equipment every week, with less than 10% of these items recovered by the police. Equipment and material theft creates a huge loss for contractors of construction sites. While insurance may counterbalance some of the financial costs, many uninsured costs – deductibles, replacing depreciated items with new equipment, production delays, paperwork and time to report and replace stolen equipment – are paid for by the contractors.
If you have been the victim of robbery on your construction site, or if you would like to learn how to effectively secure your construction site, read on.
Construction Site Alarms
Construction site alarms are able to help prevent construction site theft in many ways. Not only will they make your construction workers aware that something criminal or dangerous is happening, allowing them to implement appropriate safety measures immediately, but certain alarms are even able to contact the police. There are different types of fire alarms for the necessary situations. Fire alarms are, of course, able to alert workers of a possible fire on the site, whereas burglar alarms will alert workers or guards of a possible break in. Make sure you have all of the required and necessary alarms to keep your construction site secure.
There are lots of expensive items found on construction sites such as bulldozers, loaders, hydraulic excavators, trenchers, landfill compactors, dumpers and pipe-layers. It is, therefore, imperative that you take care of these pieces of equipment as it could end up costing you thousands of pounds. Construction site security is a top priority for companies involved in the building industry and it should be important that you make sure all the materials and equipment you have never leaves your site. One way in which you can help prevent theft on your construction site is by investing in security systems. One of the most popular systems is CCTV cameras. They monitor your site 24/7 and doing so helps you know what goes on in your construction site capturing suspicious activity. The footage from CCTV cameras is also critical because it acts like evidence of a crime in case someone steals from you.
Effective Perimeter Security
Something as simple as building a fence around the perimeter of your site will help to deter criminals, and keep your site secure. Electric fences will act as more of deterrent, although standard fences will suffice too. Whilst an electric fence is non-lethal, anyone who touches it will get an electric shot, making scaling the fence impossible. Plus, if anyone tries to cut a wire, a silent alarm will be triggered, sending an alert that someone is trying to intrude.
Security guards can offer you creative responses to evolving situations. That means they can analyse a situation and then respond to it in a unique way. Doing so prevents additional problems from occurring. This is sometimes better than security-based technology which can malfunction or give false reports. A security guard will be able to weigh-up the danger and react accordingly.