When it comes to the job site, more often than not, the importance of having construction site security goes underestimated, or the importance is seen but isn’t a priority… until something unfortunate actually happens.
One look at the U.S National Insurance Crime Bureau, and it’s not hard to see why you probably need more security on your job site. According to them, more than $1 billion in construction equipment is stolen every single year. No, that’s not a typo. More than a billion dollars worth, and that’s not including other things that are taken from sites such as copper wiring, which by the way accounts for another $1 billion each year stolen from job sites!!
The crazy, but true, stats go on and on. The craziest part though is that all of these mishaps can be prevented! So how can you and your company prevent being the victim of theft and people taking things that they didn’t work for? That’s the million dollar (or actually, billion dollar) question that we’re going to cover!
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There are many different ways you can keep your construction equipment and belongings protected at night. Some of them may seem obvious, but some not so much. So let’s go over them! Also, stick around afterward for keeping more than just your physical belongings protected (Hint: hackers)…
- Fencing – Yes, I know, fences can be climbed over, cut through, and even dug under. However, it is still a barrier that let’s people know that the site is off limits to the public and is not a legal spot for exploring.
Even though you can find ways through, it’s still an obstacle that costs time, effort, and work to get through. As we all know, these are things that most thieves aren’t really attracted too, or they wouldn’t be thieves in the first place. This can be a very effective and inexpensive way to keep small time thieves out.
- Lights – One of the main reasons that job sites are such popular spots for thieves to hit is because of the darkness that they can work in! Thieves don’t exactly like stealing when they are lit up like times square in an otherwise dark area. Therefore, light it up! Lights that work on motion sensors are great options for this because they don’t light up unless they need to, which saves you money, and startles the thieves more.
- Cameras – Most all cameras come with night vision now, especially cameras that come with construction site security systems. You will probably want more than one camera, but make sure at least one is pointed to a nearby street or potential entrance/exit. This will allow the camera to catch any license plates that may drive away.
- Equipment Identification – Stolen construction equipment is a multi billion dollar industry to criminals. How do they get away with it so easy? Because there is nothing on the equipment that identifies who’s it is! Put numbers, register your equipment, or anything else that can prove that it’s yours. This will allow the equipment to be found a lot easier. This in combination with tracking systems on your more expensive equipment is a bulletproof plan to find your stuff.
Security For…Your Information??
Alright, so we’ve covered a few ways to keep your equipment protected. How about your back-end stuff though? That is, all of your employee records, plans, systems, finances, and everything else! Construction site security isn’t just about your physical belongings, but your cyber owned information too!
That’s right, we’re talking about cyber security. Now, that may not seem relevant to keeping your construction site security high and tight…but think again.
Take a look into your computer or records that you have on site, and it doesn’t take long to find something that could potentially lead to bad news if it lands in the wrong hands. The list could go on for days on what hackers can do with your virtual information, especially when they contain something as sensitive as construction data, and employee information.
There a few ways to help with this potential problem, but no way to indefinitely get rid of the possibility of it happening.
For this reason, it’s important to have a plan in place if it is found out that you have been cyber attacked. Have a team ready to check on employee records, construction data, etc. to make sure everything is still in its original state and has not been altered!
You will want to have this team in place, and make sure their responsibilities are understood by them before an attack happens. There is nothing worse than knowing your security has been compromised and then having to take weeks to get everyone prepared to get rid of the problem.
Another large factor is to have a relationship with some of third party companies that can help you out with this problem. Credit companies for your employees, data analyzers, etc.
I won’t go into too much detail here because everything has been pretty well covered by this article here, including everything you need to know about cyber security business.
Construction Site Security – Final Thoughts
Now that you know the importance of different construction site security systems that you should be putting in place, the next most important thing to do is to actually go act on them!
Don’t wait until something happens like most do. Start protecting your business and your employees right now, and keep thieves from thinking that they can get away with stealing from construction sites in the first place!