rConstructing the best site security
Construction workers already have a lot to think about – especially the overburdened site managers and owners, who have to plan every inch of the construction. It makes sense, then, that these hard-working labourers often overlook the security of their site.
It doesn’t help that most construction sites are unoccupied throughout the evenings and weekends, and that many tradesmen leave their expensive tools on site – this leaves them wide-open to potential theft or burglary.
Construction sites are often one of the biggest targets for criminals. The assets kept on-site are usually very high value, untraceable and can be quickly flipped for cash – that’s why everyone on site should be looking to invest in construction site security.
Looking at the figures
Did you know that 21% of workers throughout the UK claim that their site is entered unlawfully (and potentially burgled) on a WEEKLY basis? That figure is just an average – in areas such as London where the crime rate might be higher, this number is likely to be even larger.
21% is already a shocking number – it’s more than one FIFTH of sites. Naturally, site-owners and managers should be considering what the best construction security strategies are.
We’ve written this article to help you protect your construction site to the very best of your ability, reducing the amount of break-ins, thefts and even increasing the likelihood of having your assets returned or the criminal prosecuted.
So, what are the most effective methods of site security?
The most iconic, reliable, popular and cheapest option is the classic CCTV, or closed-circuit-television. Displaying cameras alone is already one of the most effective methods of site security, as most would-be criminals won’t attempt a break-in if they think they’ll be seen!
CCTV will also allow you to remotely monitor your site, regularly checking for unwanted intruders. It can also allow you to see a clear image of any thief, increasing the chances of you either receiving the stolen items back, or the monetary value.
Mobile security staff are an equally effective way to prevent break-ins and intrusions. Security staff will randomly check a variety of sites, as well as completing routine patrols to ensure that every one of your sites is safe and secure.
Mobile SIA security guards will also quickly apprehend any trespassers, ensuring that they are quickly (and professionally) handed over to the police.
Alarm systems might not be one of the most popular options, but don’t let this put you off; they’re relatively cheap, and extremely effective. Aside from being a visible deterrent, they will alert you, the authorities and your security team of any unexpected entrant.
The alarm itself will probably scare the criminal away before they have a chance to nick anything, though in most cases, the police or your mobile security will get there before they can make an escape.
Asset Tags & Stock Control
How do you know what’s been stolen if you don’t know what you’re keeping on site?
It’s strongly recommended to keep a close eye on your inventory, regularly reviewing it to ensure that nothing has gone missing. The sooner you notice that something has vanished, the higher the chance of seeing it safely returned.