12 Jobsite Security Cameras To Increase Security at Your Construction Site

By Pro-Vigil | March 10, 2015

The U.S. National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that more than $1 billion in construction equipment is stolen each year. Vehicles and equipment aren’t the only prizes that criminals have their eyes on, either. Reports indicate that copper theft—specifically the theft of copper electrical components, such as wires—costs the United States roughly $1 billion per year as well, and has the potential to cause significant damage to the nation’s vital electrical and communication infrastructure.

The theft of equipment and electrical components is of special concern to those who operate and own construction sites. Thieves tend to see construction sites as easy marks when compared with more conventional robbery targets.

After all, most building sites are located in open areas, without the benefit of the natural security of enclosing walls and a roof. Many construction sites are also located in remote locations, far from regular police patrol routes.

Building sites usually contain valuable supplies (copper wire can often be sold for approximately $3 per pound) that are easy to fence and difficult to track (construction equipment uses no standardized serial number system). This makes for a crime that provides a minimal risk for maximum potential reward.

This is where construction site security comes into play.

By investing in the right defenses, like jobsite security cameras, construction site managers can drastically decrease the likelihood of falling prey to the theft and vandalism that seems to plague the industry. However, if you’re just getting started in construction, you may not have an accurate idea of what security measures are effective, and which are absolutely vital to the safety of your property.

So, to help you get started on the right foot, we’d like to discuss twelve construction site security systems you should be considering.

1. Written Security Policy

Before you start investing in jobsite security cameras and other systems, you’ll want to have a written security policy. This is a crucial step to ensure the safety of your employees and construction equipment.

By having a written policy, you’ll have an organized approach to putting your plan into action. You’ll also avoid potential lawsuits in the future if you’re able to prove the security measures you’ve planned well in advance.

Make sure you include the goals for your security and standards you would like to uphold, as well as consequences for non-compliance to those standards. The rest of this article will help you determine other elements to include in your security policy.

2. Fences and Locks

It may seem obvious, but many construction sites fail to take the most basic precautions against intrusion. Fences that surround a construction site are relatively inexpensive and offer a clear indication to any outsiders that the area within is strictly off limits.

Are fences impenetrable? No, of course, they aren’t. They can be climbed and they can be cut, but they at least offer an additional obstacle for any thief who might be considering preying upon your property, and sometimes that’s all you need.

For onsite construction offices, basic locks may be enough to prevent the theft of important data and office equipment, but choosing to invest in electronic locking mechanisms that take advantage of keycard or code locks can increase your overall security significantly.

3. Posted Notices

Now, most intruders who find themselves on your property aren’t there by accident. As such, you may be wondering if something as mundane as posted notices and signs could really be all that effective. But while they may not do much to actively keep criminals out, they do give intruders an idea of what sort of punishment they might be facing should they decide to attempt to break in.

Signs that clearly convey that an area is restricted to anyone without authorization and that then explain the possible penalties for entering the area let criminals know exactly what to expect, which will cause many to change their minds.

4. Proper Identification and Record Keeping

Back at the beginning of this article, we touched on construction equipment theft. One of the main issues that make equipment theft so lucrative is that few equipment owners bother to take the necessary precautions against having their equipment stolen.

Title and registration for most construction equipment are not mandated, which means that it is up to the owners to ensure that the equipment in question can easily be identified. This can be done by marking all equipment with unique identifying tags, such as engraved PINs and owner applied numbers (OANs), in multiple locations on the equipment.

This, when coupled with an up-to-date record of all equipment (including manufacturer, model number, purchase date, etc.), makes it much more likely that stolen equipment will be found, identified, and returned.

5. Lighting

Thieves tend to prefer to work in the dark, which is one of the reasons construction sites are often such attractive targets. Large, open, and outdoor, these sites seldom have sufficient lighting to prevent criminals from being able to operate in shadow.

However, by investing in a comprehensive lighting system that effectively eliminates places to hide, you can help deter criminals from targeting your site. Alternatively, lights connecting to motion-sensing systems can have an even greater impact, by startling prowlers who enter your property.

6. Alarms

Speaking of startling prowlers, there are few things as likely to bring an attempted robbery to a screeching halt as well as an alarm. Audible sirens, flashing lights, and the very real threat of exposure generally compel intruders to drop what they’re doing and flee as quickly as possible.

If you’d rather not give the intruders a chance to get away, you could always invest in a silent alarm. This is designed to contact authorities directly, without giving the intruder any indication that an alarm has been triggered. Either alarm can be used with motion sensors, effectively automating the process. Coupling this with jobsite security cameras will be a powerful tool to catch thieves and prevent future break-ins.

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7. Checkout System

A checkout system is vital to security at your construction site. This will ensure you have full awareness of who is onsite at all times. Many construction sites choose to use a management software or electronic people tracking system to locate employees and record check-in and checkout times. This will help to stop crime and eliminate other risks.

A checkout system should be placed at every entrance and exit point at your construction site. It can be a self-checkout system, or you can have a security guard in charge of added security. All people and equipment should be required to check in and out every time they pass the checkpoint. Make sure visitors and temporary workers comply with your system.

8. Limited Access

The more entrances and exits you have to your construction site, the more you’ll increase the risk of intrusions and other problems. For this reason, you should limit access to the site as much as possible. Limited access may be inconvenient for construction workers, but it will be well worth the increase in security.

Include access points in your initial written security policy. These access points should be well thought out and allow for all construction equipment to easily pass through to get the job done. You can also limit access to certain areas of the construction site using PIN codes or magnetic ID cards. This will allow only those who are working in the area to get in.

9. Off-Site Parking

Parking is bound to be a challenge for your construction site. Allowing construction workers to park on-site will be a liability and safety issue, and will also increase the chance of crime and vandalism. You won’t have as much awareness over who is on-site or be able to control accessibility to the property.

But since the area is a work in progress, parking is probably limited. Do your best to locate an off-site parking area that is within a walkable distance for your construction workers. Make sure you write a parking policy and develop a system for parking permits.

10. Secured Storage

While we’ve already discussed the use of an ID system for construction equipment large and small, it’s important to take additional security measures to keep your smaller construction tools safe. Construction tools should be stored in a secured storage unit when not in use. Employ a checkout system any time a worker needs to take a tool out of the storage area.

There are a variety of options for secured construction site storage, so do your research and find the one that fits your needs. Look for high-quality locks to ensure you’re protecting your valuables to the best of your ability. Construction storage containers, storage cages, shipping containers, and lockable cabinets are just a few of your options.

11. Guards

Many construction site managers prefer not to put the security of their property in the hands of automation—this is where paid security guards come in handy. Security guards offer an added layer of protection by providing a human presence on-site.

Of course, they are not without their disadvantages. Security guards are expensive, may become bored or distracted during long shifts, and might even find themselves in physical danger should they interrupt a robbery in progress. Still, there are times when having a living person protecting your site may make all of the difference, which brings us to our final point.

12. Jobsite Security Camera and Video Surveillance

Many construction site managers prefer not to put the security of their property in the hands of automation—this is where paid security guards come in handy. Security guards offer an added layer of protection by providing a human presence on-site.

Of course, they are not without their disadvantages. Security guards are expensive, may become bored or distracted during long shifts, and might even find themselves in physical danger should they interrupt a robbery in progress. Still, there are times when having a living person protecting your site may make all of the difference, which brings us to our final point

Pro-Vigil Remote Security Guards

Pro-Vigil remote security guards differ from conventional surveillance systems. These systems actively watch your property, noting and evaluating potential threats as they appear. Suspicious activity can then be evaluated by an off-site monitoring team.

Alternatively, the remote guard systems can automatically activate a variety of threat deterrent systems (such as sirens, strobe lights, and pre-recorded messages), or they can contact law-enforcement directly should the need arise. Pro-Vigil remote security guards combine the benefits of multiple systems, without any of the disadvantages, all at an affordable price. Contact Pro-Vigil to learn more about how we can help enhance security and add jobsite security cameras at your construction site today.

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