Thefts on construction sites are a major issue for many contractors, with over $1 billion in losses per year due to stolen equipment. Construction sites usually contain a lot of expensive and valuable equipment, making them very attractive to thieves and trespassers. These tools and equipment are often left behind without proper protection and are accessible to everyone, which is why a lot of construction thefts take place. Besides, construction equipment is not registered on national databases, so law enforcement can’t identify its owners when the machinery is stolen. However, we’ve compiled a list of measures that you can take to protect your equipment and promote security on your construction site.
Physically monitoring your construction site is out of the question, because you need to constantly be on the lookout for any unusual activity on site. Plus, if thieves and vandals know the place is being monitored, they’ll be less likely to make a move. You can install surveillance cameras and hire someone to monitor your equipment so that they can take action or call the cops in case of any thefts. Some high-tech cameras can be connected to the internet and send text alerts whenever any movement is detected; this can be very useful if no one will be monitoring the cameras. Many cameras don’t need a power source anymore; they can run on solar power or batteries, making them perfect for construction sites. An outdoor motion sensor is also another tool that can help you monitor the site. When motion sensors detect movement, they turn on the lights surrounding the area to draw attention to the worksite. Motion sensors can feature wireless installation as well.
Use Just-In-Time inventory system (JIT), by scheduling deliveries to the site only when needed instead of bulk buying. When you order in bulk, you will have an excess of tools and equipment lying around and not being used, making your site more vulnerable to theft. The JIT inventory system allows you to order materials only right before they are used, to prevent having large quantities of construction material lying around the job site for long periods.
Locking up large machinery and equipment can be ineffective when trying to prevent theft. However, using GPS technology can be an excellent solution. Some equipment already has GPS systems installed so you can track their locations and monitor their fuel levels and performance. Also, it is easy to add this GPS feature to any equipment that doesn’t have it already. You can install a GPS trailer tracker as construction trailers are large, expensive items that are reportedly stolen regularly. This will allow you to:
- Track its movements and recover your equipment as soon as possible in case of theft, as it can send all the important information to your phone, using geofencing technology.
- Use a Smartphone app to monitor its fuel consumption and activity.
Geofencing technology can also shut down your machinery if it operates outside the job site, and sends you text alerts when any unauthorized movement is detected.
Install A Fence
Installing a fence around the construction site is critical. Make sure the fence you install is high enough so that thieves can’t climb it. An access-controlled gate can help you keep unauthorized persons out of the area, see who goes in and out and make sure no one enters the construction site after working hours. Consider hanging up a warning sign on the fence to deter thieves, construction sites can also be dangerous for anyone who is not a trained professional. Signs of potential hazards can include;
- High voltages
- Battery Charging and Open Flames
- Hot surfaces
- Toxic gases
Putting up any of these signs can be an effective way to indirectly deter thieves from going into the job site and stealing any equipment (in addition to preventing any accidents). Signs that alert vandals and trespassers that the site is being monitored can also keep trespassers out, as they will fear getting caught or arrested. You can also put up a surveillance system sign or add an emergency number like 9-1-1 so people can call the authorities should they notice any suspicious activity inside.
As obvious as it may sound, you need to keep the construction site well-lit. Installing lights can make it easier to spot trespassers on your property right away and increase visibility at night, allowing you to alert the cops as soon as any suspicious activity occurs.
As you can see, there are plenty of cost-effective methods to enhance security inside your construction site, protect your equipment, and maintain business activity. The most important thing to do is to identify the weak points in your security system and find ways to improve them. Make sure to prioritize developing these solutions and approaches to keep your construction site safe and secure.