In an age of rapidly evolving communication technology, effective security solutions are required to protect your construction site from vandals, intruders, and other criminals. Of course, it’s essential that your business’s valuable assets are protected when left unattended on a construction site: each year, theft costs UK construction companies approximately £800m, while vandalism affects one-fifth of all sites. Therefore, effective safeguards are essential to keep criminals at bay.
Surveillance technology, such as security cameras, and security guards are a highly effective combined solution that offers robust safeguards against crime. In this article, we will outline how tech and security personnel can protect your construction site.
An On-the-ground Response
CCTV provides a valuable overarching view of the construction site, with real-time footage of hidden corners and vulnerabilities that allow monitoring staff to spot emerging threats and activate a response. While CCTV can capture vital evidence of perpetrators committing criminal acts, without security staff on the ground, criminals may benefit from a narrow window of time to carry out their plans.
With security patrols present on the construction site, an instant response can be enacted if a problem occurs, increasing the likelihood that intruders will be apprehended, and valuable assets protected. As soon as offenders are spotted on CCTV, ground personnel can act immediately to close the net on them and alert the police, making it much less likely that the criminals will be able to escape.
A Visual Deterrent
CCTV is a highly effective deterrent against crime, but many incidents on construction sites occur overnight when the site is unoccupied, meaning perpetrators may be unable to see the cameras and may incorrectly assume that they are not being monitored.
In contrast, highly visible security guards are easily spotted; therefore, criminals intent on forcing entry to the site are likely to be dissuaded as it is likely they will be identified or apprehended. Where an attempt to force entry is made, CCTV systems equipped with night-vision capabilities will enable security guards to spot intruders and take prompt action to resolve the problem.
An Effective Cost-saving Measure
If criminals are not stopped in their tracks, the consequences for construction companies can be serious. Stolen equipment not only costs money to replace but also interrupts workflows, while vandalism to structures can result in expensive and time-consuming rebuilds. With many construction projects timed precisely – and penalties for overrunning deadlines – any criminal activity that causes work to stall is financially and reputationally damaging.
Because they can respond quickly to prevent crime, on-site security patrols help keep building projects on track and on budget. When it meets its deadlines, your business will gain financially and earn positive recommendations that can usher in lucrative contracts for the future.
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