Construction managers deal with a lot, from ensuring that the build goes smoothly to keeping their contractors paid and looked after. The list goes on. One of the more stressful aspects is dealing with construction site theft. Not only do you have to increase your costs by replacing the stolen items, but insurance premiums skyrocket as well. According to the NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau), theft can cost sites up to $1 billion a year. Stolen items can also lead to productivity loss and rental costs to replace the stolen goods so you can continue your work.
Theft is extremely inconvenient. However, there are actions you can take to ensure that you and your crew aren’t plagued with the misfortune of construction site theft.
Here’s what you need to know:
The first step in ensuring your construction site is secure is to surround it with fencing. You’re more than likely going to experience theft if your site is open. Having a well-structured fence around your worksite can prevent thieves from causing even more damage while breaking in.
It’s a good idea to pay attention to where you leave your equipment and materials. We suggest you keep valuable items out of plain sight from the public’s view as it will give thieves less incentive to break in.
If possible, try to keep the entry point of the construction site limited to one side of the fence/rails. This way, you’ll be able to keep track of who’s coming in/going out of the site.
2. Secure Equipment
You don’t want to run into a situation where you go to your worksite and find that your loaders or excavators are missing. To avoid any losses, it’s important to ensure your vehicles and equipment are out of reach so as not to get stolen away on a joy ride. Keep all vehicles locked and any other equipment stored out of sight.
You can resort to similar methods for your building materials. As we mentioned, keeping them out of sight can lessen the chances of a thief scaling your deck or fence to get a few scraps of metal or the tools your crew uses.
There are high-tech options available to secure your equipment. You can use alarms, GPS tracking, and fuel/ignition cut-off switches to thwart potential theft.
3. Security System
What’s one thing that’s almost certain to scare off stealthy thieves? Commercial alarm systems. Installing an alarm system as a precaution is very beneficial. All you and your crew will need to do is remember how to arm/disarm it. If anyone who shouldn’t be there decides to force their way in, then your security company will know about it. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to tell you what the intruder did when they broke in, but it’s a smart option worth considering.
A reliable surveillance system is a great accompaniment to a security alarm system; you’ll always have a complete view of the construction site to ensure no one takes off with any goods. If you suspect that a theft has occurred, you can refer to the footage to confirm your suspicions and take it to the authorities. Not only will video surveillance keep your assets secure, but it can also provide a safer work environment for your crew.
Surveillance systems can be pricey, but it may not matter if you’re looking to ensure that your equipment, materials, and employees are looked after. You can also put up warning signs about your surveillance systems which might make your construction site appear less attractive to potential thieves.
5. Delivery Plans
Even with a fence and surveillance system, it can be tricky to keep track of people walking in and out of the site during operating hours, especially with all the materials deliveries.
Some delivery companies have been known to leave goods unsecured without someone’s authorization to sign off on them. To avoid the risk of your packages and materials getting stolen, plan your deliveries accordingly. Always ensure that you have a designated individual at the entrance awaiting the arrival of deliveries and that the contents are stored in a safe space.
We understand that you have a lot on your plate, and theft should be at the bottom of your list of worries. By following the careful steps listed above, you’ll be keeping your construction site safe and secure throughout the duration of the build. LED light strips for your railings and/or fencing around the construction site. By doing so, you can use them as indicators to direct your employees and deter thieves from lurking around in the dark.