Effective construction site security planning is essential to prevent damage and theft. It is very common for thieves to look at construction sites as “easy targets” and they target expensive items such as copper wire, machinery and power tools. With poor security planning, these items can disappear quickly and easily. Approximately $50 million per annum total losses occur from theft on construction sites which is a staggering figure.
- One of the concept of preventing construction site theft is controlling the insider threat. It is important that all employees and subcontractors are made aware of the rules and potential consequences of stealing. This should form part of their induction. This is obviously only one element and there is a broad range of items that need to be in place to ensure effective security. It can often be harder for smaller firms who don’t have the same infrastructure and budget to truly target harden their sites.
- A construction site should be well fenced and lit with a “No Trespassing” Sign Board. Building materials and tools should be secured in storage boxes and cargo trailers with heavy resistant locks and chains. Regular checks need to occur on the perimeter to ensure the integrity of the fencing so it is also handy to have fence repair kits onsite (and issued to security personnel who may be patrolling). Effective use of well placed CCTV cameras can also help security to spot the thieves and initiate action immediately.
- A clear record should be maintained of all key onsite equipment and also ensure the serial numbers are recorded. With the ease and relatively inexpensive cost if implementation, electronic security measures are a key component of site security.
- It is one thing having guard onsite but a clear induction and detailed SOP’s will help enhance their operational effectiveness. This ensures they understand the totality of their roles and they also have clarity on the necessary incident communication escalation procedures.
Southern Cross Group is an industry leader in providing top class security for construction sites. This is needed to safeguard tools and expensive equipment on the site, especially for sites at a high level of risk.