Construction site theft is big business. What’s more, it’s on the rise. Did you know for example that according to the Australian Institute of Criminology, 39% of all construction sites experienced some type of theft or vandalism in 2014/15, costing companies a staggering $500 million? It isn’t solely vehicles and equipment that criminals have their eyes on either. In addition, materials theft has also risen sharply and the removal of copper components found in wiring has cost businesses around $90 million collectively.
The problem is that the majority of construction sites are located in open or remote areas far from regular police patrol circuits. For these reasons, criminals see sites as easy targets. This coupled with the fact that they contain very valuable assets and supplies, makes the need for security even more important. With this in mind, here are 5 construction site security measures you really need to consider.
Fences and gates
Although it might seem obvious to put up fencing and gated control of entry, you’d be surprised at the number of construction sites that don’t even carry out this most basic of security measures. Aside from acting as a deterrent for criminals, construction site fencing also protects the general public who could stray onto the site and have an accident.
As well as fencing and gates, posted notices warning people that they might be trespassing could be sufficient enough of a deterrent to make criminals think twice about stealing from you. While it mightn’t halt the determined career criminal, clear signage stating that ‘The area is restricted and that entry is accessible to authorised personnel only‘ might make the opportunist think twice before entering.
Let’s face it criminals prefer not to be seen when conducting any form of criminal activity. The problems are that most construction sites usually contain a multitude of dark unlit areas and recesses where thieves and vandals can carry out their work. Why? Because most fail to invest in even the most basic of security lighting. It doesn’t necessarily have to be floodlit like a stadium 24/7, but even basic motion sensor lighting similar to the type you have in your yard can create a dramatic impact.
Nowadays many businesses and companies outsource their security needs, and construction companies are no exception. Experienced security guards offer that added layer of protection that other security measures can’t. They can be on hand to watch over the site and can also run regular site patrols, if necessary, to give that feeling of total-peace-of-mind.
For continuous eyes on your property, nothing beats CCTV. Although again it mightn’t deter the most insistent of criminals who are looking to steal from you or cause you damage, many may feel it’s too much of a risk. What’s more, if someone does break into your construction site and you have it caught on film, it makes the job slightly easier for the police because they’ve hopefully got something to go on.
So there you have it 5 basic measures every construction site should be following. Here at MA Services Group, we supply highly-experienced security guards for all manner of businesses including the construction industry. If you’d like to ramp up your construction site security and would like us to help then contact us on 1300 020 406 today.
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