How to Get Started Securing a Construction Site + Infographic
21/09/2020 in Security
Are you looking for ways to start or improve securing your construction sites?
The construction industry loses millions of pounds each year due to the vast security challenges they face. Construction sites require robust, cost-effective and eco-friendly security measures, not only because of the high-value equipment and materials stored there, but also because they can pose health and safety risks.
Securing your site is essential for fire prevention, preventing access to dangerous or hazardous areas, issuing early security alerts and much more. A robust security plan may even reduce your insurance premiums.
Our guide provides a comprehensive look at how to effectively secure your construction sites today. Read on to find out how to keep your site safe from unauthorised access, theft, and accidents.
Invest in CCTV surveillance
Installing CCTV cameras on your sites is often the first step. It is one of the most effective and simple ways to make a significant difference to your site security.
Firstly, CCTV for construction sites cameras provide a constant, real-time surveillance presence, allowing security personnel to monitor the site and respond to any incidents that may occur. This can help to deter potential criminals and can assist with the investigation of any security breaches that do occur.
Additionally, CCTV remote monitoring can also help to improve construction site security by providing a record of activities on the site. This can be useful for identifying individuals involved in security breaches or incidents and can assist with the prosecution of any individuals found to be responsible.
CCTV can also be used to monitor building site activities, such as the movement of personnel and equipment, to ensure that safety protocols are being followed and to identify potential safety hazards.
Some CCTV systems even have built-in speakers, which offer a great way to provide information or deter intruders. Messages can be pre-recorded and played back at set times such as for health and safety announcements, or can even be used by the monitoring station to challenge trespassers in real-time during a break-in. This feature allows for quick and efficient communication.
Reinforce your security with on-site security personnel
Many contractors opt to invest in on-site security personnel for several reasons. Firstly, having security personnel present on your site can provide a visible deterrent to potential criminals, consequently preventing incidents from occurring and can give workers and visitors a greater sense of security on your job site.
Additionally, security personnel patrol and monitor the site for any suspicious activity and respond to any security breaches or incidents that occur. They can also enforce security protocols and policies, such as checking IDs or screening visitors to ensure no intruders gain access to site. This can help to prevent theft, vandalism, and other security breaches and can improve the overall safety of the site.
Moreover, security personnel can also assist with other aspects of site management, such as directing traffic, providing information to workers and visitors, and assisting with emergency response. This can help to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the site and can ensure that the construction project is being operated smoothly and safely.
When hiring security guards, it is important to ensure that your team are fully licensed and vetted, such as SIA-licensed security guards.
Control site access
Investing in site access control measures is a very effective way of improving the security of construction sites.
Access control measures can prevent unauthorised individuals from entering the site through use of security gates, turnstiles, or other physical barriers, as well as deploying technologies such as security cameras and ID scanners. By managing access to sites, construction companies ensure that only authorised personnel are present consequently reducing the risk of theft, vandalism, or other security breaches.
Additionally, access control measures can also help to improve site security by allowing construction companies to monitor and track the movement of personnel and equipment within the site, which can also prevent equipment theft and improve safety by ensuring that workers are not in areas where they may be at risk.
How can Millennium Security help me ensure the security of my site?
Stolen equipment, unauthorised visitors and criminal activity can pose a risk to your job site and workers. To fully protect your property and personnel, investing in an effective security system for your construction projects is essential. At Millennium Security, we have a proven track record for designing on-budget, eco-friendly and bespoke solutions that cater to your individual requirements, from state-of-the-art CCTV surveillance to intuitive, smart AI access control systems.
Contact us today to find out how our construction security company can assist in keeping your construction site secure.
With the presence of high-value plant machinery and equipment, UK construction sites remain a common target and are particularly vulnerable to theft and other crimes, especially when they are not adequately protected. Crime can cause significant problems, including project delays and financial losses, which can be detrimental to small or medium-sized businesses.
We produced a handy infographic explaining the most effective ways to secure your construction site from theft, arson and unauthorised access.
Millennium Security Services Securing a Construction Site Infographic