According to the Chartered Institute of Building, the leading professional body for construction site managers worldwide, the average construction company suffers £10,000 (~$17,000 CAD) in losses per
year from theft. Aside from crime, fire is also a major contributor to construction site losses.
Due to the presence of combustible materials, advanced mechanical machinery, and extreme operating conditions, fires are an all-too-common occurrence, especially at unattended job sites. Insurance may offset some of your costs, but the costs incurred from replacing equipment, deductibles, and downtime will represent a significant hit to your bottom line. Here are a few tips for planning your construction site security and preventing theft and fires.
Have a Site-Specific Security Plan
Your first step in a site security plan should be to identify one person as the liaison between your company and its security personnel. For example, the head of job-site security will consult with the local police and fire department in regards to theft and fire issues. They will also be responsible for updating procedures and overseeing general security plans. From there, you should also answer a few key questions:
●Where will the entrance to the site be (in general, one access point is recommended)?
●Which type of lighting suits us best?
●What is the general crime history of our area?
●How will our most valuable equipment be secured?
●Do we need video surveillance?
●Should we employ 3rd-party on-site security?
As soon as these major questions are answered, you can move forward.
Contact Neighbouring Properties
Neighbouring properties can serve two key functions in terms of construction site security: reporting suspicious activity and contacting the authorities in case of a fire. Remember, a threat to your site is a threat to their property, too.
Create a Formidable Perimeter
Site security often comes down to its perimeter fencing. Secure fencing made of formidable material will deter criminal activity and prevent thieves from entering. As mentioned before, it’s best to have as few access points as possible. Preferably only one. The access points should be manned by trained security guards.
Create an Inventory and Engrave Equipment
You should keep a detailed inventory of everything on site and regularly update it. Encourage employees to take responsibility for site security and to report theft or vandalism. Before leaving the site of the night, secure all vehicles. It’s important to engrave your property in case tracking is needed or a dispute arises. Mark your equipment in one obvious place and one hidden place (that way, if a thief obscures your engraving, you have a second means of identifying your property).
Install an Audible Alarm System
Loud sirens, flashing lights, a voice warning those around of an intruder—an alarm system goes a long way in securing your premises. A motion-based alarm system will help chase away thieves and save your equipment from harm. The threat of exposure is usually enough to get rid of them quickly. Automated heat detectors and dust-resistant smoke detectors are necessary if you want to save your equipment in case of a fire.
Construction site security is necessary to prevent both theft and fire, and save your company thousands of dollars in the event of a crime or disaster. Professional security guards can perform both firewatch services— where they instantly alert authorities in case of a fire—and they can also perform mobile patrols to secure your job site and keep your equipment safe. If you’d like to learn more, SecuriWORLD provides construction contractors like you the freedom you need to move forward with firewatch services and mobile patrols starting at just $9.99!