How To Reduce Construction Equipment Theft
June 7th, 2019
Construction sites present a unique challenge to security professionals around the Houston area. Construction sites are often difficult to monitor, lack the infrastructure to set up a thorough security system, and left vacant at night. However, construction equipment is very high value. The difficulty of providing comprehensive security and the high value of equipment makes construction sites an ideal target for criminals. It’s low-risk and high-reward. Therefore, construction companies need to consider site security as part of their site planning.
Theft Without Recourse
Construction site theft is especially problematic because unlike with other high-value equipment like business vehicles, there’s no TX or national database to track this equipment. Furthermore, there are smaller items such as tools and materials that also cannot be tracked, but are highly valuable. So once construction site equipment and materials are stolen, it’s nearly impossible for Houston police to recover them.
The High Costs Of Construction Site Theft
When a construction site is robbed, the costs are not just simply the costs of the equipment and materials taken. There are also many ancillary costs. First of all, if the equipment is stolen, business owners will not only have to pay to replace the equipment, they may also have to rent equipment to get the job done on time. When materials are stolen, it may delay the projects weeks for a new material order to come in which costs big in extended labor expenses and missing out on other jobs. Not to mention, all of this is damaging to a construction company’s reputation, which can cost money in lost jobs and broken contracts.
Three Strategies To Protect Your Construction Equipment
Though a comprehensive security system may be out of the question, there are still some things construction company owners can do to secure their site. These may not prevent all theft, but they can reduce your risk of theft:
Store construction unattended equipment behind fencing in well-lit areas. Both temporary fencing and lighting can be erected pretty easily on a site. You just need to plan ahead for the location and materials.
Use surveillance cameras to monitor the site. Nowadays, surveillance cameras do not need to be hardwired. Instead, you can use battery-powered IP cameras that can go with you to different construction sites but can be monitored from your company’s home office.
Lockdown and immobilize any equipment not being used. There are a lot of different anti-theft devices that can be used including wheel locks, kill switches, and even just a traditional padlock can go a long way.
Another great idea is to work with a security expert who specializes in construction site security. They will be able to advise you on the different technologies now available to help protect your equipment and materials. They will also be able to help you incorporate security features in your overall construction site plans and train your staff in helping ensure nothing gets stolen whether they are on or off the job site.