Building sites in Scotland have long been exposed to theft and damage, and the costs of this can be significant. From repairing vandalism, replacing stolen materials, restoring perimeter security and coping with time delays and pressures, recovering from a criminal breach can be both stressful and expensive.
Plant theft is a considerable risk, with Police Scotland having warned in the past about how criminals are advancing their strategies to use fraud and deception to gain illegal access to highly valuable professional construction equipment.
In addition, the pandemic restrictions of 2020 gave rise to a staggering 40% increase in vehicle robberies, with the Police Scotland Crime Reduction Officer in the north-east Fife stating that ‘With the construction industry winding down, some sites placed on full closure and the farming industry working with reduced numbers of staff and machinery not in use, we are finding these are targets for theft.
‘The use of low loaders and vans to conceal smaller plant equipment is also prevalent and is commonly used for the theft of smaller machinery such as mini diggers, dumpers, generators and road rollers.’ (View source)
Another key factor is in risk prevention; only suitably trained and experienced personnel should be able to access a construction site.
Sites where members of the public or trespassers might be tempted to breach perimeters can pose a significant risk of injury, and so keeping your site safeguarded is a valuable way to prevent any incidents occurring, as well as avoiding any potential liability. Read more about our construction site security services here.