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Facing Theft on Home Construction Sites? Here’s How to Stop It

Pro-Vigil works with some of the largest home builders in the country and we recently surveyed one of them to find out just how much of an impact theft and other crimes are having on their operations.

Whether constructing a small house or a massive neighborhood development, theft continues to be a threat to the home-building industry. 100% of the businesses we spoke to say they have experienced theft or vandalism on jobsites this year.

Once you break ground, a fence tends to be the only barrier separating valuable items from the outside world. This is not enough to keep thieves out.  

Not only did every construction manager we spoke to experience theft or vandalism, but the majority also said it happened more than once a month.

It may cost $80 to repair an item or it may take $15,000 to replace stolen materials. Either way, these security incidents add up and take money away from your bottom line.  

The Top Items Targeted 

Lumber

Plywood

Doors

Windows

Applicances

Lumber was the primary item reported stolen among the construction managers surveyed. It remains in short supply so thieves either resell it for a profit or use it for their own projects. 

$60,000 worth of plywood was stolen from several jobsites in Colorado, according to a local report by KOAA.

Lumber yards in New York state continue to be targeted, including a $15,000 loss of supplies in Malone, reports 7 News.  

It doesn’t stop there. Doors, windows and various appliances were also reported as some of the top items stolen from construction sites. The loss of materials, equipment and productivity all lead to a loss of money. The good news is, you can take action to fight back against bad actors and keep your projects on time. Here’s how: 

Strengthen Your Security Strategy 

Being confident that your materials won’t disappear shouldn’t be a “stretch goal.” You can remove the worry of theft by deploying a security strategy that prevents crime.

The best way to keep watch over your property 24×7 while still getting sleep at night is with Pro-Vigil’s Remote Video Monitoring (RVM). RVM combines the best surveillance features in one place.

With this advanced technology, you have around-the-clock surveillance, a team of expert virtual guards and audiovisual deterrence capabilities at your fingertips. 

Pro-Vigil’s smart surveillance cameras use artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize and alert any suspicious activity. If someone makes their way onto your jobsite after hours, sirens can be triggered, lights can be turned on and recorded messages can play to let thieves know they’ve been spotted and need to leave immediately.

Our team of virtual guards can even alert local authorities if necessary.  

Even if your site is in its earliest construction phases without access to electricity, we have you covered.

Our mobile and solar-powered units can secure the most hard-to-reach locations.

What’s yours is yours and it should stay that way. Secure your construction sites with Pro-Vigil today.

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