While it is essential to ensure your construction site security is up-to-scratch year-round, many site owners tend to assume that the same measures can be utilised throughout the year, often failing to address season-specific changes necessary to protect their sites during the cold, dark winter months.
Below we list three key areas to improve right now in order to properly safeguard your site this winter.
Winter is here – the days are getting shorter and before you know it, it’s dark outside, which is why you need to ensure that your construction site lighting is highly efficient. Opportunistic thieves or vandals are more likely to operate in the winter months due to the dark nights and the belief that they are less likely to be noticed or caught. Poor lighting can, therefore, seriously affect how successful your onsite CCTV is able to perform, opening you up to a myriad of potential threats.
A good security system should be able to handle any kind of weather that is thrown at it, which is important during winter when it is highly unpredictable. One minute it’s pouring down with rain, the next there’s gale-force winds – you just never know what’s coming here in the UK. As such, investing in versatile cameras which are able to withstand heavy rain, strong winds or even snow, is vital if you want to protect your site year-round.
Moreover, ensuring your CCTV security cameras are covered properly, for example in a cage, can help in guarding cables, wires and other equipment from weather damage, disconnection or theft. The people responsible for maintenance of security systems should also take extra care to examine for wear and tear and other camera faults on a regular basis throughout the winter season.
It might seem like a no-brainer but it’s important to point out that all site perimeters should be checked frequently to ensure that things have not been damaged. The strong winds can cause fencing to loosen, opening your site up to unwanted intruders, while heavy downpour can shift important items, which could result in on-going site problems.
If you follow these simple steps then there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the Christmas season in peace, knowing that your building site is being correctly protected! Check out our guide on maintenance of CCTV for a detailed checklist