A lot of time, energy, sweat, and money is put into a construction site. Construction theft can prove costly on so many different levels, so the better your construction site security plan is, the better off your construction site will be.
What is a Construction Site Security Plan?
Theft and vandalism result in major costs and inconvenience for construction companies.
A construction site security plan is a calculated, concerted effort to reduce the cost of stolen or materials and machinery.
Why Do You Need Construction Site Security?
In spite of increased technology, construction site theft, loitering, and vandalism continue to grow.
Construction companies estimate that stolen and damaged construction machinery and equipment costs American companies a billion dollars annually.
Construction Site Security Issues
Tools, machinery, and construction materials are costly. Unfortunately, they are tempting for thieves and vandals. Employee theft is also on the rise.
Those who loiter or trespass on construction sites during and after work hours can cost construction companies time and money. They pose a risk of theft and liability.
How Can You Reduce Construction Loss?
There are a few simple ways to reduce construction loss.
Hire a Specialist
Hiring a company that specializes in creating a construction site security plan is a wise and effective way to cut losses.
There are also measures each company can take to reduce costs and inconvenience of theft and vandalism.
Companies like Twenty20 Solutions provide security and automated solutions such as security and surveillance, monitoring, and remote access.
Many times, theft on construction sites occurs because costly tools and machinery are easy for thieves to get their hands on. Construction workers don’t always secure tools and lock machinery at the end of the workday.
Left in plain sight, these materials, tools, and machines are an open temptation for thieves.
Lobby for a National Registration Database
While organizations like the Department of Motor Vehicles have a national registry for vehicles, the construction industry does not.
A national registration database would automatically register construction machines when they are purchased. Presently, when police try to identify owners of stolen equipment, there is no national base for this.
A surprising number of construction companies aren’t using technology to keep tabs on their site. Webcams are now inexpensive to install and easy to use.
Today, many security cameras use batteries or solar power. These are a good choice for construction sites. Often these sites don’t have easy access to electric power. These cameras are also easy to move from one location to another on your site. They can also be picked up and transferred to a new construction site.
Many new security cameras are Wi-Fi equipped and text alerts. With your smartphone or tablet, you can view activity on your job sites. With this real-time surveillance, you can alert authorities of an intruder from off-site.
Motion sensors are effective and low cost. They can detect movement and turn on lights. Placed along the perimeter of your construction site, near machinery, and construction trailers, motion sensors offer cost-effective deterrents to thieves.
A more sophisticated perimeter monitor, Geofencing creates a digital perimeter of your job site. If machinery is outside this area, you can shut it down.
Capitalize on Savings
Insurance companies offer incentives for companies that have installed security systems. These systems often pose a deterrent to would-be intruders while saving you more than they cost.
If a break-in occurs, security footage provides police with clues about the intruders. In a court case, this evidence can go a long way toward getting a conviction.
Invest in Lighting
Making sure your construction site is well lit is easy and relatively inexpensive.
Criminals do not want to be seen. They will shy away from construction sites that are well illuminated. They will look for a site where they are less visible. Make sure your site has good lighting in every area.
A good construction site security company will help you build effective lighting into your security plan.
Tell the World
Post “no trespassing" signs. Make them large and easy to read. Illuminate their position so they are visible at night.
Do not make your security measures a secret. Announce to the world in bold, easy-to-read signs that your construction site has round-the-clock security technology. The signs alone will often deter thieves. They are looking for easy prey. They don’t want to take a chance on technology that alerts police and provides video proof of their committing a crime.
Make cameras and motion sensors easy to see. Their presence will offer incentives for thieves and vandals to stay away.
Invest in Fencing
Install secure, eight-foot-high fencing. Lock the gates at night. Your aim is to make it tough for thieves to get in and to get out.
Monitor who goes into and out of your site 24/7. Not all thefts are outside jobs. If employees know the traffic is being monitored, they will be far less likely to steal from the company.
Time Your Deliveries
When building materials are left on your site, employee and outside thefts increase. Time your deliveries so you have the materials on hand when you need them but not before. Ideally, materials arrive the day you are going to install them.
Run a Tidy Site
Make sure tools and machinery are secured at the end of the day. Itemize them to make sure they are all there. Lock up the tool cases. Secure all large machines by removing keys and placing them in a safe. If you don’t have a machinery barn, consider using cables or chains to anchor them in place.
Don’t leave construction materials lying around. This is easier to do if you have a building or a fenced-in area for them. Try to have on hand only the supplies you will need for a single workday.
An organized job site prevents theft, helps you manage inventory, and provides greater workplace safety for your employees and suppliers.
Use GPS Tracking
GPS tracking lets you track where your machinery is. This technology allows you to monitor your machinery and its location. Information can be sent to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
You will know immediately if a piece of equipment is being used when it shouldn’t be, and where it is.
Keep Accurate Inventory
Document your materials and equipment. Keep this spreadsheet up to date. Include photos and serial numbers for machinery and tools. With these identifying details, making a claim to the police and your insurance company is greatly assisted with these data.
You improve your chances of getting machinery, tools, and materials back if you have accurate records.
How Can Twenty 20 Solutions Help?
Thanks to modern technology, companies that provide construction safety can help your company devise a plan to cut theft and vandalism on your construction site.
Twenty20 Solutions provides security and automated solutions such as security, surveillance, monitoring, and remote access.
Twenty20 Solutions works with construction companies around the world. The company is a leading provider of automation and security technology. Their knowledgeable technicians will assist you in using smart surveillance.
The company delivers data-driven insights and reporting. They can help you set up reliable surveillance for multiple sites. Their A1 technology helps your construction company maximize video analytics technologies. The software helps you use object detection, facial recognition, license plate recognition, cargo tracking, and thermal radar detection.
AI technology solutions will analyze video data and help you make the most efficient use of security and automation systems.
For more information about how Twenty20 Solutions can help increase security in your construction site, call us or email us.