From tools to building materials to heavy equipment, the theft of equipment and materials at construction sites is an industry-wide epidemic. And in addition to the direct cost of replacing the items that were stolen, there is also the added cost of raised insurance premiums, lost productivity and the cost of having to rent equipment to get by. Delays in construction can also result in costly fines if deadlines simply cannot be made.
It is estimated that construction site theft climbs as high as $1 billion or more every year. The key to preventing theft at the construction site is to make it as difficult as possible for thieves to make off with equipment, tools and materials.
Sonco, your source for construction barriers, offer these tips that will go a long way in helping you avoid becoming a victim of construction site theft.
Training against any kind of criminal activity at your construction site should be a priority and a fundamental part of your risk management plan. Don’t ever hesitate to change or adjust your training plan based on the location of your construction site.
You should always have a detailed check of any new employee’s background. It is important that you can trust the people who work for you.
Certified Security Guards
You need to be very careful when hiring security at your construction site. We suggest you only hire security guards who are certified. This is a good way to avoid shady security companies that offer low prices but no certifications.
Monitor Job Site
It is critical that you know every moment who is coming and who is leaving from your construction site. With the new technologies available, there is no excuse that you don’t know.
Distinct Equipment Characteristics
It is a good idea to add some unique signage to your construction equipment. A painted on sign or sign bolted on your equipment with your company name or logo will go a long way in helping police identify your stolen equipment.
It is a good idea to keep track of every piece of equipment you have, even the small stuff. This way, you can be sure at any given time if something is missing.
Always Report the Crime
Even if something very small and insignificant was stolen, it should be reported. You might not think this will make a difference, but it will.
If anything, it will send a message that theft at any level will not be tolerated.
One of the best ways to keep your construction site safe is to be constantly aware of what is going on in your area and learn everything you can about construction site theft.
For example, you should know when there has been a theft at a location close to your construction site, this knowledge keeps you on your toes and on the lookout. You should also know what equipment is in demand by thieves and put extra effort into protecting it.
Secure Your Site
A fenced-in, well-lit construction site with plenty of “no trespassing” signs becomes less of a target than a site with no lights, fences or signs.
Secure your site by locking up building materials and tools in cargo trailers and storage boxes. Employ the use of tamper-resistant locks and chains as well.
For more information on construction barriers and how to keep your construction site secure, contact Sonco.