Published: 13 Jan 2023 in

Construction sites are a popular target for criminals due to expensive equipment and resources, as well as rarely being active post-daylight hours. With focus still on affordable housing, construction sites for residential areas are common – particularly on the outskirts of towns. These location s are poorly populated, making them even more of a target to criminals.

Vandalism is expensive to fix, and the theft of goods and equipment would be expensive to replace, even if this is covered by insurance, you can expect your premiums to go up should you need to claim. Not only this, but delays could be extension, pushing back deadlines and ultimately costing you as the developer more money. As is always the case, prevention is better than a cure, which is why investing in proactive security measures is highly advisable. Below we highlight 5 top tips when considering the security of your construction site.

1. Secure your perimeters

The first thing to consider is securing your perimeters with effective fencing, or with concrete blockades if your construction site won’t be in use for a number of weeks or months. We’d recommend high mental fencing and ensuring that any hedgerows or trees are well maintained to avoid overgrowing. Reliable fencing such as concrete or timber hoarding with added anti-climb precautions or barbed wire around your perimeter is a great choice too.

2. Invest in a robust alarm system and an alarm response service

An effective alarm system is a must, no matter what industry you're in. You may also want to opt for an alarm response service, whereby our SIA licensed security officers are dispatched the moment your alarm is triggered. We can then arrive within minutes and assess the situation and handle it professionally, calling the local authorities if required.

3. CCTV installation and motion-sensored lighting

CCTV security cameras would also be a recommendation to you, and we offer a comprehensive CCTV monitoring service, as well as being able to advise you on the best placement positions for the cameras themselves.

We’d also recommend installing motion-activated security lighting, as this can help deter unwanted criminals. These should be placed up high so they aren't easily reachable, and they should be regularly checked to ensure they’re working properly.

4. Install clear security signage

Clearly displaying security signage near entrances, exits and elsewhere around your construction site will act as a brilliant deterrent to crime. We can provide these signs for you  and have designed our logo to be bold and easily recognisable. This sends a clear message that you're security-aware and proactive in preventing crime.

5. Consider Manned Guarding or Mobile Patrols

Finally, there’s the most effective security precaution you can take, and that’s investing in either manned guarding or mobile patrols. This puts highly trained security officers at your construction site, at either times that your site might be most at risk, or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of our security guards hold a valid SIA license, and our mobile patrols use our fleet of electric vehicles.

For more information on how we can support the security of your construction site, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Alternatively, if you're looking to further your career within the security industry, please check the careers section on our website or email us an up to date copy of your C.V. We never subcontract security guards, choosing instead to invest in training and we work hard to support our staff. We look forward to meeting you.

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