Criminal activity on building sites is at an all time high and the budget for security ranges from seriously limited to non-existent or low priority.
However, there are some simple, cost-effective solutions which will effectively deter trouble and help to keep a building site secure.
“The site, a luxury apartment block development, was in a quiet residential area and it wasn’t long before the petty theft started” explained Andrew Wakeman, Managing Director for Wakes Construction Ltd. “First tools, then some materials started to go missing, even levels of diesel in the generator ran low far too frequently. This was causing aggravation for my workforce and delays to the project while we waited for replacement materials to be delivered”
The final straw was when vandals climbed over the perimeter wall and set fire to some large stacks of valuable timber that had only recently been delivered; it created a considerable blaze and further damage to nearby plant and materials, not to mention a sizeable insurance claim.
Ironically, the trespassers were caught on a phone camera by a member of the public whilst walking his dog. He had been suspicious of what they were up to but the damage was done by the time he was able to report it. It was clear that better overall site security was needed, so Wakes called in Clearway to take their advice on how to best resolve the situation.
“My first impression of this site, which was in a quiet side street, was the lack of lighting” says Tony Gibbons, UK Technical Manager for Clearway, “and keeping a site illuminated after dark, if at all possible, is important for both security and as a deterrent. Secondly, was the lack of building site cameras. A CCTV tower, very obviously situated and monitoring the development 24/7, not a covert CCTV system, was ideal for this site.”
“Following a number of recommendations to deal with tighter access control and better perimeter defences, with an inView CCTV tower on site we’re confident there should be no further problems to delay the project.”