When you’re hiring equipment for your construction project, securing the site becomes paramount. Construction sites are easy targets for thieves with expensive equipment tantalisingly drawing them in for a quick payday. With over £1 million worth of equipment going missing from UK construction sites every week, you’ll need to protect the plant you hire by implementing a sound security strategy.
Keep It Lit
Bright lighting is a real deterrent for theft and vandalism as it makes criminals much more likely to be spotted. It’s also a useful deterrent for opportunists who may think twice about breaking in when your site is well lit at night.
Install Alarms and Cameras
A combination of lighting and CCTV makes it virtually impossible for a thief to get into your site without being spotted. Alarms can ensure a rapid response from a security officer on-site shortly after being triggered. They can then assess any potential threats and coordinate with the police to minimise losses. You can also set up smart cameras that live stream to your smartphone and alert you to any suspicious activity so you can contact the police or on-site security. Should the worst happen and a crime is committed on your premises, a CCTV camera will keep recorded footage of the incident for evidence.
A loud alarm will scare potential intruders away, whereas a silent alarm will alert the police so they can catch them red handed. Whichever you choose, alarms are another smart way of keeping your site protected, and having signs stating you have CCTV and alarms can deter criminals from trying to break-in in the first place.
Install A Perimeter Fence
A fence is a great barrier against intrusion so make sure you keep it well maintained. Fences should be 2.4 metres high to effectively keep out intruders. Check the physical condition of your fence regularly and look for any blind spots that aren’t lit or covered by security cameras. Add warning signs that highlight the presence of your other security features like cameras and alarms.
Involve Your Workforce
Always get your workforce involved in securing the site, whether that’s keeping detailed records and logs of all the equipment on-site, or by assigning individual responsibility for locking up and securing the equipment, or even just encouraging them to be aware of security on-site. Encourage drivers to ‘park smart’ by facing into a circle and activating anti-theft features like ignition and wheel locks and shut-off systems to protect your plant hire. Also, keep a record of any suspicious activity seen by your staff.
Prevention Is Better Than Theft
Whether you choose to hire guards or rely on smart security, a comprehensive strategy will help to prevent break-ins and minimise the threats to your building site. If you want to avoid the risk of theft when you decide on plant hire in Leicester or across the Midlands, why not get in touch with us today to discuss your options and get your free online quote.