How to Keep a Construction Site Secure
By its very nature, a construction site inevitably becomes a store for valuable tools, machinery and materials. The larger the site, the more this becomes an issue due to the physical area that needs to be secured and the complexity of guarding it. But in truth, loss by theft from any construction site large or small can be a costly burden to the site operator and any sub-contractors working there as well as a huge inconvenience.
Often main building contractors will engage the services of a specialist security company like Titan Security to assess security risks on a building site, produce a strategic plan and supply a range of services to mitigate any issues identified.
5 Essential Physical Security Measures
As part of a strategic security plan, in addition to manned guarding services, we will always consider, advise on and even supply everything needed to enhance the physical security of a construction site.
1. Barrier Fencing
One of the first and simplest measures to secure a construction site is to implement physical protection of the site. This is normally achieved through installation of adequate barrier fencing around the perimeter. This makes it difficult to enter the site or remove materials from it.
Barrier fencing will conduct all traffic on foot or vehicular, to a single point of entry that will be constantly monitored to make sure that all access is authorised access. Entry barriers or gates are often managed by a revolving team of specialist static security guards on a 24 hour basis.
A construction site that is flooded with bright light is much less likely to become a target for thieves. It also means that security monitoring and patrolling is a much more practical proposition.
3. Lockable Containers
Containers made of impenetrable steel, often windowless and with strong locking mechanisms are the best way to store valuable machinery, tools and materials
4. Clear Signage
Signage distributed around a perimeter usually by mounting it on a perimeter fence to indicate that a site is guarded by security personnel and / or video surveillance is a serious and effective deterrent.
5. Surveillance Cameras and Alarms
Surveillance cameras that can record footage and trigger an alarm are a useful addition to construction site security. These can be monitored internally by static security staff or linked to a central control room.
At Titan Security, we are often engaged to provide mobile security patrols to respond to security alarm triggers.
Manned Guarding Services
Static Security Guarding
Here at Titan Security we employ vetted and highly-trained security guards ready to work around the clock to supervise security on construction sites large or small.
Our staff can monitor access points like gates and barriers to ensure that any access is authorised. It is worth remembering building sites are also vulnerable to internal security threats such as theft carried out by people authorised to work there. Security guarding may include checking employees, sub-contactors and vehicles as they leave.
This requires personnel that have been trained to carry out these checks with tact and diplomacy. We often employ ex-services personnel because they have wide ranging experience on just this sort of task. The same applies when controlling access. Not everyone likes to be questioned and it takes a particular level of training to do this with minimal risk of causing offence.
Static security staff will normally also patrol the site, check on physical security to identify possible breaches and provide a visible deterrent to anyone that may be considering illegal entry. As a site grows, security patrolling becomes more complex. Scaffolding, storage containers and the like mean there are more areas and dark corners to provide cover for anyone that has managed to get inside. Our staff can go where surveillance cameras cannot
Remote Centrally Controlled Monitoring Systems
Being flexible enough to tailor the services we provide to meet differing levels of need, means that we can find the most cost-effective solution to construction site security.
We have the technical expertise to design alarm and remote monitoring systems that provide a solution to suit all budgets. There are solutions ranging from alarms that trigger high-decibel warnings through to alarms and surveillance cameras that can be consistently monitored in a central control room.
These are used in conjunction with our mobile security patrols to provide a rapid reaction when a triggering event occurs
Mobile Security Patrols
Normally used in conjunction with alarms and camera surveillance, our mobile security services stand by ready to react immediately in the event of an alarm being triggered.
In addition to rapid reaction duties we can provide security patrols that will monitor a construction site during vulnerable times such as after dark. We can work to a regular schedule or make ad hoc visits that do not adhere to fixed routine.
Our Officers do not merely carry out a drive-by inspection. They are trained to leave the vehicle and make a detailed inspection of the site perimeter to inspect for signs of breach or unauthorised access.
Working with Titan to Secure your Construction Site
Working out how best to keep a construction site secure is no small matter. A dedicated and vastly experienced security company like Titan Security, involved from planning stage through to implementation is the best way prevent the cost and inconvenience that theft and other illegal activity can cause. Contact Us today for a free quote without further obligation