On a construction site, any number of things could possibly go wrong – injuries, disputes, mishandled jobs, civilian complaints… the list goes on. On top of all that, you have to worry about theft on a worksite, both during on- and off-hours, as oftentimes the materials and tools kept onsite are valuable and not properly secured. Copper theft alone – one of the more notoriously targeted materials – can cost a construction project a lot of time and money, as well as avoidable headaches. There are, however, ways to keep your construction site secure, each of them a worthwhile investment, offering protection and assurance at a small price tag.
1. ID Card Access
This is a must-have for large and small sites alive, as ID card access can serve a few unique functions that could be costly to achieve otherwise. For starters, it obviously restricts the access of outsiders from entering the site, ensuring that only approved employees and certain visitors are allowed access. Also, within the site, it can be used to secure certain areas that may contain expensive machinery, tools or materials. As ID Card systems continue to grow more sophisticated, do your research on what the latest options for making your business more secure are, and what kind of ancillary benefits the cards could have for your specific site.
Partly as a deterrent, and partly to aid the next item on this list (peek down if you must!), round-the-clock lights are a very good idea for a construction site. Psychologically, if a potential thief sees lights on at a site, no matter the time of night, they’ll think someone could be there. At the very least, they’ll think the risk of someone being there outweighs their potential gains. And if they do still choose to try and break in (against all odds, since you have an ID card system in place), they’ll be caught by the…
It’s the opposite of the old movie director saying: on a construction site, it’s lights, camera… no action! If you have a properly lit construction site, along with visible (but unreachable) cameras, you should have enough of a visible deterrent to ensure that no one would risk breaking in. And if they do, you know that you’ll footage to hand over to the police in the hopes of retrieving what was stolen.
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4. Storage Container
Barring the success of the two previous items, make sure you lock your valuables overnight in a storage container with a very good lock. This could potentially tie into the first item, ID cards, if you wanted it to – the point is that you don’t want to lock your tools in a lock box that itself could just be carried away, and individual lockers are easy to break into with a crowbar. A large storage container, however, with a quality lock or ID card access system, is going to keep even the savviest thief out.
Don’t let theft ruin the worksite morale, and cost you time and money. Being proactive about construction site security will pay off in the long run.