August 13, 2019
Digital Advancements Revolutionizing the Construction Industry Construction has traditionally lagged behind other industries in technology deployment, but that may be about to change, industry watchers say. In 2016, seven out...
Vandalism and theft are not uncommon at jobsites, particularly after hours. Either can grind work to a halt while the vandalism is cleaned or the equipment replaced. While cleaning up vandalism may take more time than money, theft of equipment could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Securing your jobsite is essential to keeping the job running smoothly. No matter the size of the jobsite, construction site security is essential. Here are some tips to help keep intruders and thieves out of your jobsite.
Keep all areas of the jobsite well-lit, especially during the night after workers have gone home. Thieves, vandals, and intruders are less likely to target areas where they can be clearly seen and possibly identified. This is the same reason why retail stores keep their lights on at night – to deter intruders and thieves.
Those lights help security cameras catch a criminal in the act. With an IP camera – connected wirelessly to the internet – a live feed is always available, including off-site. This allows for constant surveillance from a foreman or client. The very presence of cameras can act as a deterrent to potential burglars or vandals. Motion viewers on a video-verified alarm system can send video directly to a central command center, manned 24/7, that can dispatch local police for a quick response. Combine this with either an audible or silent alarm triggered by windows and doors opening, once built, for extra protection.
Perimeter security is your first line of defense. Installing a fence, standard or electric, can prevent equipment thefts and deter after-hours lurkers. A standard fence is one more obstacle for a thief to get through before they can get away, costing them time by either having to cut the metal or by climbing. An electric fence can also tie into an alarm system alerting you if the fence is activated or when cut.
While a physical guard is great for protecting a jobsite, virtual guards are limited only by what the installed cameras can see. While monitoring the cameras, a perimeter sweep can be completed in seconds rather than tens of minutes. Virtual guard stations are usually manned 24/7, allowing for far more coverage than physical guards can provide. Using two-way audio, built into some cameras, the guard can issue a verbal warning to any intruders even while they are at a remote command center. A physical guard can’t be everywhere at once, but a virtual guard can. Even so, a physical guard is better than no guard, and supplementing a virtual guard with an on-site guard, also monitoring security feeds, drastically reduces response times.
Signs can act as a deterrent, letting any prospective criminal know the jobsite is protected and they are under surveillance. If they know they are being watched, and could possibly be identified by cameras, they are less likely to go through with their plans. Posting what punishment can be expected for trespassing can also go a long way in deterring an intruder, as they weigh whether it’s worth their time possibly being caught.
Combining all these tips – warning signs, bright lights, cameras, a team monitoring the area, and being slowed down in their getaway by a fence, a potential criminal will think twice before intruding on your construction site.