There are lots of things you can do to ensure that your construction site remains protected. Many of these cost
absolutely nothing. However, by ensuring you implement them, you will go a long way to protecting your site.
• Create And Maintain an Up-To-Date Inventory
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.
This should be updated at least weekly to give you the best chance of spotting and responding to theft. After all, the
police have a far greater chance of returning any lost belongings if they are reported as missing quickly.
• Maintain a Clear Zone Around the Perimeter Fence
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 cross
the site itself in order to reach your belongings – which makes the chances of them getting spotted much more likely.
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.
• Mark, Stamp or Paint Equipment
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.
You may also want to consider painting your tools a distinctive colour. This will further decrease the value of the tools
without impacting their functionality and alert potential buyers that they are stolen. Spray paint is likely your best
option here since it’s easy to use and relatively inexpensive.
• Reduce Access Points
Your construction site should be surrounded by 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.
Although – particularly on large sites – it may be tempting to create multiple access points in order to allow workers
and vehicles to flow into 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. Position manned security guards, CCTV cameras and security lighting at this point.
• Train Your Staff
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 maintain proper protection. 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 so on.
No matter how comprehensive your security plan is, if your team fail to follow it, it’s essentially useless.