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This blog post was refreshed and updated on 29th October 2019.

Whilst security is a concern amongst a range of businesses, construction sites will have their own concerns as they are likely to be unoccupied for prolonged periods of time. This is an issue as the sites contain valuable equipment, materials and other assets, including fuel within machines – all of which could be considered expensive and disruptive losses.

Equipment theft is a problem, and it’s estimated that over £1,000,000 worth of goods are stolen from building sites across the United Kingdom weekly – and only a small percentage of this is recovered.

Part of the solution is security fixings – but there are a range of other measures that can be taken to ensure that a site is protected.

A secure site management process

Construction sites, in general, are often swarming with people carrying out different activities – and this is a bit of a double-edged sword in securing the site. It can help to have a number of people around, but it can also make it possible for unauthorised personnel to be on-site undetected.

The creation of a “security culture” by upper management that is supported by effective systems and processes, such as ensuring equipment is suitably situated and securely locked when not in use, can aid against theft on-site.

Construction Plant Security

Being able to identify plant (heavy machinery or equipment) in the event of theft makes recovery much easier.

The CESAR scheme, which is run by a group of organisations including the Construction Equipment Association, ensures that a piece of plant can be marked in a variety of ways including microdots and transponders which can identify the machine and who owns it.

Any machine marked in this way will generally be found much less attractive to a thief if they know that the origin can be easily checked.

Of course, it is better to prevent theft in the first place by securing equipment inside protected areas or attaching it to immovable objects with security fixings.

Lighting and CCTV

Effective lighting is a great deterrent for thieves, particularly when there are other properties nearby.

However, the lighting itself also has to be protected by placing it at a high level away from potential attack. Having CCTV on-site can also deter thieves, but the cameras themselves can be susceptible to theft and should be protected by using M3.5 tamper-resistant electrical screws.

For additional security, among the types of systems available are ones which are monitored in a control room where staff can speak to intruders via a PA system to advise them that the police have been called.

Security fixings for fences

One of the best ways to secure construction sites is to stop unauthorised people from entering them in the first place and failing that, making it too difficult for them to remove large items of plant and equipment. The most basic form of security is a fence surrounding the site. This should be of good quality and high enough (about 2.4 metres) to discourage intruders.

Any fixings used in the fence construction, or to secure the fence to buildings and other structures, need to be tamper-proof, and this is where at Fastenright can help. We’ve supplied a range of solutions for security fencing, including standard shear nuts and bolts, as well as security nuts, like the Kinmar permanent security nuts, and Nogo security fixings.

There is a wide range of security bolts and fasteners available, so to find out what might be most suitable for improving the security of your construction site, please give us a call.