An Overview of Construction Site Security
Keeping staff, equipment and plant machinery safe on site is a primary concern to the construction industry. A review conducted by insurer Allianz Cornhill estimated that over £70 million of plant machinery had been stolen during 2016*, including excavators, compressors and cranes.
In their review, Allianz Cornhill highlighted how crime is currently costing the sector £800 million a year.^ As a leading security specialist, we are working with major contractors and facility management companies to develop solutions that will assist in crime prevention and site protection.
The Importance of Construction Site Security
Firstly, there is the cost implication of theft and vandalism. Insurance claims can be lengthy and for construction companies, running to schedule is crucial. Consequently, if essential equipment is stolen from site, to keep on schedule companies will have to hire equipment; a cost which can rarely be passed onto the client. Secondly, there is a risk to staff if equipment and plant machinery is maliciously damaged and they are unaware. Then there’s the risk to corporate reputation.
Any delays or accidents on site, resulting from acts of theft and vandalism could lead to loss of credibility and trust; possibly resulting in a loss of future business. In addition, incidents on site may mean that the HSE need to be informed, which can also impact corporate reputation.
Suitable Security Measures For Construction
Each construction site will be unique, so any solution will need to take into consideration:
- Physical evidence of the site;
- The estimated duration of the project;
- The equipment used and stored in site;
- Working hours.
Once we have a thorough understanding of the above, we will be able to ascertain whether access control, CCTV, manned guarding, mobile patrols and/or remote monitoring would be suitable. For example, if the site is located in a busy town centre then emphasis has to be placed upon access control to protect against opportunist theft and to reduce the risk of pedestrians being injured by accidently wandering onto the site. In a rural location, access control will be a consideration but more emphasis will be placed upon remote monitored CCTV to help keep intruders out when no one is on site.