Providing security for construction sites
Protecting your construction site can be harder than you think. For that reason, you should always keep an extra eye out for your equipment. However, this is not always as easy and straightforward as it sounds. At the moment, the construction industry appears to bleed money due to construction equipment theft. The example of the United Kingdom is more than representative.
According to CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), only in the UK, the construction industry is losing around 400 million pounds per year as a result of equipment theft and on-site vandalism.
The low recovery rate of the equipment is a major factor that empowers construction site theft. The thorough research of the NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) in 2014 revealed that, only the 23% of the stolen equipment eventually returned to the hands of its owners. The serious difficulties in identifying the stolen machinery/ tools is one of the most fundamental reasons for this quite low recovery rate.
Construction site theft is one of the hottest problems in the industry. In many cases, it can be very challenging to prevent it. Nevertheless, there are ways in which people working in construction can eventually tackle this problem. We have attached a checklist for each stage of the construction process, from the “Foundation Stage” through to the “Fit out Stage.” The checklist provides a rough guideline on how to keep your equipment, materials and site secure.
How to minimise the threat of construction site theft?
1. Work Only With Certified Security Guards
Be extremely careful with the selection of your security guards. The Charted Institute of Building encourages the hiring of security guards who are SIA (Security Industry Authority) approved. A SIA license is a government issued accreditation, which anyone working in the security industry must obtain. Therefore the relevant background checks have been made and you can avoid any security companies which might have a link to criminal activity. You can click here to have a look at all SIA approved security companies.
2. Install Solid Security Measures
Putting together a solid security plan can deter potential criminals from stealing from your construction site. Therefore you want to ensure that you cover every possible parameter by investing in security infrastructure. Before taking over security responsibilities for your site, our team conduct a site evaluation and make recommendations to ensure your site and its content remain secure. We provide solutions such as strong locks, monitors sensors, 24/7 CCTV and asset tracking. All the above in combination with skilful security guards can play a significant role in the protection of your construction equipment.
3. Monitor Job Site Access
It’s important to log everyone who comes and goes from your construction site. By creating a detailed database that can let you know who has accessed your site and when, you are able to have full control over your equipment. Consortio security provides the latest innovations in regards to visitor management systems and as a result, this allows our clients to quickly find who is responsible in case you are facing problems with your equipment.
4. Invest Extra Attention On Training
Training against any kind of on-site criminal activity should be one of your priorities and a fundamental part of your construction risk management plan. Don’t be afraid to adjust your training plan according to the area where your construction site is located and based on the competences of your security guards. By training your employees on the importance of security your employees can always be prepared for such incidents and know how to protect your construction site.
How Consortio Security can keep your site secure?
Consortio Security realise in such situations is that there is no room for complacency or negligence. We provide constant innovation to our extensive client base, operating within the construction industry. Our units have proven to be highly cost effective when compared with human resource site security. In some instances, our customers have saved over 50% of their weekly security budget when they have elected to pursue the electronic deployment solution we provide.
Our approach ensures each site is provided with a unique specification based around your application needs. Our design teams work with leading UK CCTV Technology companies to create a truly Made to Measure systems.
Date Published: 20/08/2018