Site Theft Prevention
From building materials to tools to heavy equipment, construction site theft is an industry-wide epidemic. In addition to the direct costs of replacing the stolen goods, there is also the indirect cost due to increased insurance premiums, rental costs to replace stolen equipment and lost productivity
Why heft on Your Construction Site
- Poor overall site security
- Open cabs providing easy access to thieves
- Multiple pieces of equipment sharing the same keys
jobsites, particularly at night and over weekends
- Lack of product identification systems
Steps for Preventing Construction Site Theft
Secure your equipment. Showing up at your construction site to find a front end loader missing can greatly affect your company’s bottom line. Securing your heavy equipment can be as simple and low tech as removing batteries or wheels, lowering blades and buckets, and locks designed to immobilize controls or to keep the wheels from moving in a straight line to more high-tech options such as alarms, fuel and ignition cut-off switches, geofencing using radio frequency identification and GPS tracking devices.
Secure your site. A well-lit, fenced-in construction site with posted “No Trespassing” signs is less likely to be targeted than one that is not. Secure your construction site by locking up tools and building materials in storage boxes and cargo trailers with heavy gauge, tamper resistant locks
Enforce your theft prevention policy. Establish a theft prevention policy and ensure all employees and subcontractors are made aware of the rules and consequences for stealing. This can include borrowing tools for use on side jobs or after hours and removing scrap material for personal use or sale. Create a zero tolerance policy for offenders and inform employees and subcontractors that if caught you will seek prosecution. Work with local authorities so they know when workers are allowed to be on the site working and ask if they can perform extra patrols by your site during nonworking hours.
Must-Have Features for Construction Site Security Cameras & Systems
- Waterproof: A building site security system needs to be rugged and waterproof, so as to withstand all the elements and survive on a small construction site.
- Portable: Portable security cameras for construction sites can be easily broken down and moved to the next
jobsitewhen the construction project is complete.
- HD video quality: Construction site surveillance cameras of good video quality (at least 1080p) and night vision help keep tabs on the
jobsiteday and night, especially at night when construction theft frequently takes place.
- Minimal wires: As the messy cables on a
jobsitecan create headaches for the construction workers and subcontractors, it is best to choose wire-free security cameras for the jobsites.
- Easy remote access: Thanks to the construction site security camera systems with
smartphoneapp, you can monitor the job process and check on the building site anytime and anywhere from your mobile devices.
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Other features of construction site surveillance cameras, like optical zoom, can capture small and vivid details, like faces of the thieves and license plate number.
With video cameras and CCTV in place employees are less likely to steal in the first place and enforce a culture of integrity
Despite such foremen following strict procedures to secure each site every night, the cumulative losses of plant and materials is a massive drain on productivity and profitability. Thieves think any construction site is a soft target and will contain goods that are easy to sell. Margins in this industry are cut throat enough without donating valuable plant and material threats.