Here are some tips to protect your construction site over the Christmas period:
Company logo on your equipment – to prevent theft of your equipment and machinery, you should put the name of your company or its logo onto every item that you use.
Bolt it – generators and lighting are easily susceptible to theft. You should bolt them down to the ground using steel plates and locks so no one can just tow them away.
Lighting it up – use bright white lights to cover your construction site. They provide good quality images to help identify faces and number plates easily.
Restrict visitor access – your site will have many frequent visits from contractors and laborers. You should restrict access to whoever visits your site by following a proper gate security procedure. Control the entrances with guards or electronic access control measures.
Minimise the number of vehicles on-site – if only authorised vehicles are on-site then it makes it more obvious when other unauthorised vehicles are present. If possible, make all construction workers park off-site and enter on foot.
Plant and vehicles – minimise the amount of plant on site, and outside of working hours move it to a more secure area or cage.
Hoardings – install hoardings rather than fences around the perimeter as these are more difficult to climb and stop people viewing the construction site inside.
Barriers – barriers such as high kerbs, bollards or trenches might need to be considered if a fence is vulnerable and could be rammed by a vehicle.
Security guards – Larger sites may require 24 hour manned guarding, whereas smaller sites may only need mobile patrols at night.
CCTV – there are a variety of CCTV systems available to deter criminals. Images can be recorded or monitored live, either on-site or remotely.
Tools and equipment – small tools should be stored in steel tool vaults with shielded padlocks. Thieves should not be able to remove the vaults.
Building materials – all building materials are targets as they can be sold easily. Metal is a particularly high-value target, so hide cables and copper tubing away from view and store in locked containers.
Fuel – fuel stores and fuel in vehicles need to be protected
Use security mobile or dog patrols – in addition to following the above tips, you should also hire a responsible security guard company such as us to provide active patrolling of your site. Believe it or not, some insurance companies don’t pay for the entire cost of replacing your equipment in case of an accident. Having human security guards or dog patrols looking after your site can really save you a lot of trouble!
To book a free Site Risk Assessment of your construction security site, call us on 0845 234 0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org