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7 Truths about Construction Security Systems
VinTech Systems offers expert solutions when it comes to construction security systems. We work on construction projects with developers and owners. However, many contact us only after crime happens.
The cost of not having construction security systems.
It has been estimated that the cost of construction theft and vandalism is $1 billion a year and has been increasing 10 percent since 1996. (Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau and Associated General Contractors of America) An unsecured site becomes a shopping ground for common thieves.
The cost of not protecting valuable equipment from potential theft can be devastating. Many construction site developers rely on insurances to protect their assets. They don’t realize how much they can lose until they are robbed.
Set a security budget for the duration of your project.
Because payment is rising for recycled copper, stealing copper wires and pipes is lucrative for construction thieves. Keep in mind that thieves will not be considerate. They will slash drywall just to get to wiring and pipes. Additionally, this can cause damage to furnaces and air conditioners. A thief can cause $25,000 in property damage to walk away with only $200 worth of copper. Nonetheless, you are left to pay additional expenses.
These are seven strategies every owner must know to secure their construction site.
Use Additional lighting After Dark
Burglars work mostly at night, they look for dark sites to burglarize & vandalize. Late night & weekends are the most common times thieves strike construction sites. Making sure there is plenty of lighting on the job site makes it difficult for a thief. Adding motion sensor lighting will help keep your site secure.
Mark and Photograph Your Equipment
Engrave your driver’s license number in 2 places. The first can be noticeable. The second should be hidden. This number can be tracked in all 50 states. If a burglary takes place, this information is vital to provide to the authorities and your insurance company.
Add Proper Signage
Add a Cameras on Premises sign to prevent a thief from stepping foot on the construction site. Additionally, consider using a “No trespassing” sign to prevent vandalism, theft, and liability.
Choose High Definition Security Cameras
Security cameras monitor work sites to capture unsafe working conditions and/or accidents. With today’s technology, not only can you see your cameras in real time but you can also be notified when someone is approaching the premises.
Add Access Control
Adding access control to your construction site is possible. Contractors can use this service to monitor who enters and exits their sites. With regular keys, you never know who or how many people have access to your site. Furthermore, depending on the size of the construction site, it might be difficult to make sure all gates are locked. A reputable security company can analyze your property and suggest if access control is a good option for your property.
Build a Watch Team
Reach out to your neighbors and let them know you are working on a project in the area. Ask them to keep their eyes open for any suspicious activity. By staying vigilant, you let the contractors and subcontractors know you are paying attention. Additionally,work with your local police department to prevent theft, vandalism, and trespassers on your job site.
Use reliable technology
Some construction sites don’t have electricity so it’s hard to get power to secure the perimeter. In this case, we recommend a wireless equipment that can protect your property when power is unavailable. Video verification alarm systems provide security when no electricity is present. Furthermore, when triggered by motion the alarm sounds and captures the image of the trespasser. Police will be dispatched immediately once an intruder is verified.
Our recent case study
This is a 2.5 acre home under construction. The developers contacted us because of they were experiencing persistent vandalism and trespassing. After investing money in fences, ranging from $500 – $2,500, they concluded it was costing them more money to keep replacing them than protecting the property. After completing a site survey, we customized a security package to cover all areas of concern. Check out this video to witness how a Video Verification Alarm has kept this home safe. Intruders were scared away once the siren was activated.