Prevent Crime with Proper Construction Site Security
Construction sites tend to be a hotbed for theft. In this construction site security guide, we’ll give YOU the tools to prevent loss and theft at your construction site. Creating a security plan at your construction site is the first step at preventing theft and loss of valuable equipment. Keeping the site secure will also lower the likelihood of vandalism and will keep your skilled laborers safe. Construction sites often have limited lighting, surveillance and a poor perimeter. Don’t let your construction site become a victim of crime because of these common pitfalls. This construction site security guide will help you think about proper security procedures and prevent an incident before it happens.
Thinking about construction site security prior to the beginning of the project is ideal. A few questions to ask are…
- What type of lighting do is needed?
- What about video surveillance?
- Will onsite security be necessary?
- How will valuable equipment be secured?
- How will the perimeter be secured?
Inventory should be taken to make sure all equipment is accounted for. You may also consider a unique identification code for each item as well as placing your company logo and contact information on all materials and equipment. Make sure that personal belongings are also clearly labeled to prevent confusion.
Controlling access to the site will greatly reduce the potential for theft. Employees should be properly identified with credentials and the parking area should be outside of the site. The perimeter should be secure and there should be only one access point. Make sure to post “No Trespassing” signs.
Assign a liaison within your company to communicate with police regarding issues of onsite security as well as local crime activity. This person will be responsible for creating a crime prevention plan.
Make friends with your neighbors and have them keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Whether your construction site is commercial or residential, it’s important to ask for help. You may want to consider offering rewards for information that leads to an arrest as an incentive.
Lighting is very important and you can prevent crime by having a well-lit construction site. You can install motion-based lighting in areas that are far from public view. Trailers, parking lots and the site itself should all be well lit.
Employees and subcontractors are often involved with construction site theft. Make sure all employees are aware that the site is being watched and that you will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who is suspected of theft.
Again, thinking about construction site security prior to the start of the project will save you time, money and headaches in the future. Making smart decisions regarding construction site security doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and in doing so, you can prevent unnecessary expenses regarding replacement and delays related to completion. ORNA is a security company that can help and make sure you have all your bases covered. Click here for more information about proper construction site security or call 305-945-5022.