Incidents of theft and vandalism on construction sites rise significantly during the winter months causing loss of equipment, earnings and delays in building time across the sector.
Here we look at a few of the key reasons that sites are at greater risk from November through to February, and how these issues can be avoided.
Longer, darker nights
As with all business, residential and commercial premises, construction sites are an easier target for criminals during the winter months when the days are shorter and the nights far longer. This allows thieves and vandals far greater opportunity to access a site when it is dark and unoccupied, and gives them more time to steal, damage and vandalise.
Preventing forced entry to a site is made much easier through investing in deterrents such as security cameras and alarm systems, significantly lowering the chance of break-ins.
Because heavy onsite equipment such as plant machinery is difficult to store away and secure overnight or during weekends, they are more vulnerable to theft and vandalism. These items are expensive and essential to building works, so theft or damage can cause considerable cost and delay to site operations.
Again, increasing site security with the introduction of CCTV and alarm systems will help to make would-be trespassers think twice, but physical man-guarding can prove to be even more effective.
The festive break
The construction industry enjoys a traditional ‘shut-down’ over the Christmas period that will often see site work stop for up to three weeks. During this period, sites will often be left unattended for long periods, making them an obvious target for criminal activity.
In addition to standard security measures, an increasing number of construction companies use home alarm systems. This advanced technology, that can be operated remotely from any mobile phone or tablet device, will inform key personnel as soon as an alarm is triggered on site, giving them the chance to take immediate action.
Get in touch
Suttie Site Services is an established supplier to the construction industry serving South East England and neighbouring regions including Cambridgeshire, London, Surrey and Sussex.
If you would like to find out more about our range of Mobile Alarm Systems and how they can help to secure your construction site this winter, please contact our friendly team today on 0844 241 5300.