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Have you carried out a thorough Construction Site security check? There are many steps you can take to ensure that your site remains protected. Some of these cost absolutely nothing and any investment you do make will be less than the potential losses if you don’t. By implementing these 5 Construction Site Security Methods, you will protect your site from costly theft and vandalism.
With so much equipment and material on site, it’s possible that criminals may be taking advantage of you without you even realising it. To ensure you know exactly what is and what isn’t on site, you should maintain an up-to-date inventory of all the tools and materials you have. Lock all tools in out of sight when not in use and never leave keys in vehicles.
As well as this, have a sign in/out protocol in place for all tools and equipment. Therefore at the end of each day it will be apparent if something is missing. After all, the police have a far greater chance of returning any lost belongings if they are reported as missing quickly.
By marking equipment, you make it much harder for thieves to sell on anything they’re able to take from you. Since many of your tools will be metal, the easiest way is to engrave them. Engraving machines are relatively cheap and easy to use; but the amount of money they may save you could be substantial. Make sure that you engrave each tool in multiple places – in particular, create a new mark on any pieces which can be removed – for maximum protection. Record all Vehicle Identification Numbers so that items can be easily identified if the worst happens. You may also want to consider spray painting tools a distinctive colour. This further decreases the value of the tools without impacting their functionality and alerts potential buyers that they are stolen.
Surround your construction site with secure perimeter fencing. The function of this is to prevent intruders accessing your site. As such, it should be robust and impenetrable. Of course, workers and any other people with a legitimate requirement to access your site still need to be able to enter. We know that there is constant movement on a busy site which can make it easy for unauthorised people to slip in unnoticed. For this reason, it advisable to only have one access point or separate designated in and out gates.
Although – particularly on large sites – it may be tempting to create multiple access points in order to allow workers and vehicles to flow in and out of your site with ease, it’s crucial that you keep access points to a minimum. From a security point of view, every access point you create is a potential vulnerability. This is especially true when it comes to secondary access points where security may be lacking.
To make illegal entry as difficult as possible, reduce the number of access points you have to a minimum – ideally, just one. The National Business Crime Centre advise that you position manned security guards, CCTV cameras and security lighting at this point. Strong lighting acts as a deterrent to criminals.
Thieves are always looking to minimise risk. As such, thieves will target sites which they believe offer easy pickings. For a thief, the less time they can spend actively involved in a crime the better. This means that construction sites which make stealing as difficult as possible are far less likely to be targeted.
Simply maintaining a clear zone around your perimeter fence can make stealing from your site much more difficult. This is because it makes it hard for thieves to see what is actually on your site and it means that they have to break in – which increases their chances of getting caught.
Ideally, your clear zone will be between five to 10 metres. However, on smaller sites, this may not be possible. In which case, simply create as big a clear space as possible. Patrolling guards will also assess any weak spots in the perimeter and further protect your site.
Maintaining excellent security is a team effort. It only takes one person to drop the ball for your site to become vulnerable. As such, it’s critical that every member of your team understands how important security is and what their role requires them to do to protect the site. Particular duties will include signing in and out of your site, locking up tools and locking out vehicles, maintaining the clear zone, reporting any suspicious activity they observe and notifying the site manager of any potential risks.
No matter how comprehensive your security plan is, if your team fail to follow it, it’s essentially useless.
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