December 12, 2019

How to prevent construction site theft

Construction site theft is a widespread problem, with around £100m of plant, machinery and other equipment being stolen each year. When goods are taken, site owners must suffer the financial burden of having to replace items, as well as facing other potential problems, such as project delays, downtime and increased insurance premiums. 

Here, Millennium Security discuss several effective ways to prevent theft of tools and machinery from your construction site.

Security solutions

The most effective method in preventing theft of valuable equipment is to invest in site-wide construction security. CCTV and wireless video technology allow you to monitor your site 24/7, even when there is nobody present on it, which is when crimes are most likely to occur. The latest state-of-the-art systems enable you to view footage from anywhere and at any time, via an app which is connected to a smart device. 

Access control systems also help to reduce the likelihood of theft, since entry to a construction site is only granted to those who have a valid CSCS card or via their unique fingerprint, thus keeping unauthorised trespassers out. 

As well as proving valuable in identifying trespassers, security solutions may also act as a deterrent, especially where the would-be criminal is aware of their presence. As such, a simple and cost-effective way to discourage intruders from entering a site is to include signs around the perimeter and at entrances, which states that 24-hour CCTV monitoring is in operation.

Trained and accredited workers

In many circumstances, crimes can be easily avoided, simply by training workers correctly. It should be your duty as a site owner or manager to ensure that all people working on your construction site understand the correct measures they need to take to prevent theft, such as locking and storing away valuable equipment, and also how to properly report a crime witnessed.

In terms of hiring people to work on your construction site, it is essential to only employ those who hold the correct accreditations needed to carry out their jobs, such as those who hold a valid, up-to-date CSCS card. 

Not only does this safeguard against health and safety issues, by ensuring people have had the right safety training, but it also certifies that those working on site are who they say they are. 

Marking your equipment

Marking valuable tools and equipment makes it easier for authorities to detect and return them to you in the event of a crime. Distinguishing marks, such as stamping or engraving, are a basic starting point to make your goods stand out. Likewise, forensic marking is a cost-effective and worthwhile way to label smaller tools. 

These are effective methods, since criminals are less likely to steal something if they think that it would have little or no resale value, or may be able to easily identify them as the culprit.

There is now also a nationwide scheme, called the Construction Equipment Security and Registration Scheme (CESAR), which allows people to register their valuable construction plant and equipment to a central register using their identification numbers. This helps authorities to quickly locate any registered pieces which are stolen, via unique tracking code technology.

Using immobilisers

If you have several vehicles and plant left on your construction site out-of-hours or overnight, then it is certainly worthwhile to consider investing in vehicle immobilising equipment. 

Experienced thieves may regularly steal from construction sites and, thus, often understand how to jump-start larger vehicles. Immobilising equipment helps prevent unauthorised use and deters criminals from attempting to steal plant.

To discuss security solutions for your construction site, contact Millennium Security on 01234 825 522.