Christmas is a time when construction sites are left empty. Closing up sites for two weeks gives thieves and vandals the perfect opportunity to strike. But having effective security in place can give peace of mind that valuable assets are safe.
It’s surprising to learnt that whilst damage caused by an intruder is a criminal offence, according to the Human Rights Act 1998 the act of trespassing is not (unless a statutory provision makes it so). This makes it far more likely for criminals to try their luck breaking-in to construction sites. Even more so if they know the sites are easy to access and unprotected.
The construction industry struggles significantly with covering costs of theft and vandalism. Latest statistics from insurer Allianz Cornhill recently revealed that theft alone costs the industry £800M a year. Vehicle and machinery theft is common, but metal theft is also a target for thieves too. Over 7,000 metal-related thefts are recorded every month!
The top mistakes that lead to construction site thefts are:
- Keeping keys in unsecured locations
- Several pieces of equipment sharing the same keys
- Containers, sheds and vehicle cabs being left open or unlocked
Although these mistakes make construction site theft easier, add into he mix that sites are left unoccupied for longer over Christmas only increases the risk.
BusinessWatch Guarding Services provides security guarding services in Peterborough and the Cambridgeshire region.
The following steps can help minimise the risk of theft and vandalism over this period:
Ensure the site has good quality lighting. Being highly visible can deter would-be trespassers. It also helps significantly when CCTV is operating.
Whilst it’s unlikely you’ll be able to remove plant from site, it’s prudent to move it away from sight or leave in a location where it’s harder to remove from site if possible. Tracking devices are also an option and enable remote vehicle immobilisation.
Good strong fencing and locked gates can dramatically increase site protection. Preventing vehicle access makes it harder for thieves to remove heavy or bulky materials.
Temporary security guarding is a good way of ensuring site is not left unattended. Whether it’s a 24/7 manned guard providing round the clock
protection, or a mobile patrol attending site several times a day for frequent security checks, both options will discourage potential thieves.
Why Choose BusinessWatch Guarding for your Security Guard Mobile Patrols?
If you’re responsible for your construction site security over the Christmas period, contact us today to discuss your security options. BusinessWatch Guarding Services operates in Peterborough and the wider Cambridgeshire area for:
- Static guarding
- Mobile patrol
- Vacant property protection
- Keyholding and alarm response
All our security guards are SIA licensed and fully trained. We work with you to understand your security requirements. By doing this, we will ensure you match with a security guard that meets your specific business needs.
Contact us on 01733 942799 for a free, no obligation quotation today. One of our expert Guarding Consultants will be able to discuss your requirements. If required, arrange a suitable time to conduct a free site survey.
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