Leader in construction camera systems offers advice on maintaining security at the job site
“Thieves who prey on construction job sites are creatures of opportunity,” said Ken Pittman, TrueLook marketing director. “They look for the easy mark. They try to find job sites that are insecure or companies that don’t take the right measures to protect their site and equipment.”
According to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the construction industry suffers more than one billion dollars in losses each year in heavy equipment alone, and those numbers continue to rise. That doesn’t even take into account small tools theft data, which is more difficult to capture.
TrueLook offers the following tips to consider when determining jobsite security needs:
- Put some light on the subject: A well lit job site is an excellent deterrent to thieves. Mounting flood lights with motion detecting sensors on and around the job site is a great way to keep light on the site but not spend a fortune on electricity;
- Secure your perimeter: The proper fencing for a job site is important to site security. Removing obstacles on and around the site, and fencing that law enforcement can see through, helps keep a site secure at night;
- Receive materials at the right time: Practice good project management techniques by ensuring materials are delivered at the appropriate time and in the proper sequence. For example, make sure the walls are up before accepting delivery of those expensive windows for the project;
- Secure tools and materials: Daily site maintenance and cleanup are excellent ways to reduce the opportunity for theft. Invest in storage sheds with good locks. Storing valuable tools and hard to find materials out of the eye of thieves will make your site a much tougher target to exploit; and
- Let workers know the boss is watching: Trusted employees are invaluable and provide management with peace of mind. However, no construction business is bulletproof when it comes to theft from the inside when part time employees and subcontractors are accessing the site throughout the project. Let everyone know the boss is watching by investing in job site cameras from a reputable company. An eye in the sky can be worth its weight in gold.
“We have worked closely with our clients to help them implement best practices on their job sites to better protect their resources,” said Pittman. “Following expert advice on keeping a site secure and safe can help save money on any project.”
TrueLook has pioneered new construction camera technologies for more than 20 years. For more information about TrueLook, visit www.TrueLook.com .