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The Importance of Multi-Layered Approach to Your Construction Security

13/01/2020 in Security

Multi-layered security refers to a network security approach which uses several components to protect the operations of your construction site with several levels of security measures.

Security on your construction site is fundamental to ensuring a smooth production process throughout the different stages of the build. Implementing a multi-layered security approach can actually provide the foundation for attaining a successful security strategy at an affordable price.

In some industries such as industrial facilities, logistics, warehousing, and construction, it is common practice for organisations to have numerous sites distributed across several geographical locations, some of which will be unmanned and some will be isolated. In other cases, a construction site can cover a large geographical area, which would also require a more extensive centralised security network.

In these cases, a multi-layered approach to security is very essential. With recent technological advancements, it has become possible for security networks to be designed and adapted to suit each individual construction site. Having a multi-layered approach can include having an advanced system from one location to another, with everything reporting back accordingly to a central station.

Perimeter protection

The first ‘layer’ of good security should start with intruder detection at the perimeter. The aim is to identify and deal with intruders before they can gain entry. Solutions should be bespoke to the distinctive features of every site. For example, having an access control system as well as manned security guards can heighten intruder detection and is an effective way to deter any potential criminals trying to trespass unto your construction site.

Protection against false alarms

Construction site security is usually very effective when a bespoke assembly of multiple solutions is brought together to sense, assess and respond accordingly to security threats in the most effective way, and with the least possible false alarms.

In places where environmental factors such as straying wild animals or harsh weather conditions could be problematic in setting off false alarms, a sophisticated intruder detection system, like a highly controllable passive infrared detector, combines with CCTV cameras can significantly help. This way should the infrared detector show signs of unauthorised entrance; the CCTV can work as a secondary layer to check whether it is indeed an intruder or just a false alarm. This allows for less wasted time and resources, making it a much more effective approach.


Intruder detection systems are combined with recorders and audio and video transmitters so that on identifying an intruder, quality audio, image, or video files are transmitted immediately to a mobile handset or remote monitoring centre where operators can quickly decide how to respond.

Police response alarms can also be integrated with intrusion detectors and real-time video links for more adequate security. The level and flexibility of these systems mean that there are tremendous opportunities and room for building a solution which can be able to provide the ultimate safeguard.

Some operators of multiple remote sites may wish to go beyond just monitoring, but also have the ability to communicate effectively with onsite personnel. In such cases, operators can implement a central management system that controls that efficiently controls the multiple layers of communication and protection, including intruder detection.

Having more than one measure of security on your construction site is important to ensure that risks of theft, trespassing and the possibility of putting the public at risk are minimised.