Crime of opportunity always migrates to where it has the best chance of success. Right now, construction sites are one of the easiest and most common venues for crime. Unprotected sites represent a treasure chest of materials and machinery. Often, they’re left lying around behind a simple, easy to scale fence. Unfortunately for construction site managers, the secret is out. This problem is growing over time, with theft costing the construction industry more than $2 billion per year in North America.
From speaking to partners in the construction industry, we’ve learned this activity not only decreases thin margins, it also has the potential to cause costly delays and unsafe working conditions. The good news is, there are simple steps you can take to make your construction site safer and more secure.
Here are 5 best practices for improving your construction site security.
Create a Security Plan
Construction sites place huge emphasis on safety plans. Every team member knows their responsibility and understands how work can proceed in a safe manner. Security should be treated in exactly the same way. Create a security plan that’s tailored to the unique needs of your site. It can include basics such as encouraging team members to report unusual behaviour, regular monitoring of sensitive areas, and the regular taking of inventory.
A randomized security patrol is often enough to discourage crime of opportunity. Blackbird Security is proud to partner with several construction firms on creating unique mobile patrols that keep their sites safe. Our patrol security experts follow pre-arranged routes on a randomized schedule, utilizing our cutting-edge Track-Tik technology to provide real-time progress updates. This peace of mind is accessible with one click from anywhere in the world.
Invest in Lighting
Crime prevention by environmental design is one of your most powerful allies in keeping a construction site safe. Lighting works to deter theft and vandalism, denying criminals the cover of darkness they desire to engage in illegal behaviour. Lighting also makes it look like staff members could still be on site, proving further deterrent. While it does represent an additional cost, it’s one you will wish you’d spent if thieves strike.
One of the weakest aspects of construction site security is the revolving door nature of how many individuals have access to the entire site. Some sites don’t even have basic fencing around the perimeter. Even a simple, standard fence can act as a barrier for many common criminals or passers-by who may be interested in vandalism or loitering. Additionally, more advanced measures can be taken, such as key-card restricted access on-site.
Empower Your Team
Staff members are more likely to be security aware if they’ve been assigned a measure of responsibility for some aspect of site security. Ensure members of your team are actively engaged in security planning. Ask their opinion on measures you could take to improve site security. Often, they will have a better understanding of potential weak points or targets. Keep these communication channels open and let staff know you trust them.
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Whether you are in need of a construction site security audit, construction security consultation, or you’re interested in our Mobile Security for construction, Contact Us for a quote. We’ll be happy to help!