Whilst security is a concern for most types of business, construction sites have their own specific problems because they are likely to be unoccupied for periods of time and they usually contain valuable equipment, materials and other assets – including the fuel in machines, which can be an expensive and disruptive loss. Plant and equipment theft is a particular problem and it’s estimated that over £1m worth of goods are stolen from UK building sites each week, only a small percentage of which is ever recovered.
Security fixings are part of the solution, but what other measures can be taken to ensure that a site is protected? Here’s our summary.
Secure site management processes
Most construction sites are swarming with people carrying out different activities. They can help in securing the site, but it may also be possible for unauthorised personnel to be on site undetected. Management can create a “security culture”, supported by effective systems and processes, for example to ensure that plant and equipment is suitably situated and securely locked when not in use.
Construction plant security
Being able to identify plant in the event of theft makes recovery much easier. The CESAR scheme, 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. Of course any machine marked in this way makes it much less attractive to a thief if they know that the provenance can be easily checked. It’s better of course 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 to potential theft particularly where there are other properties nearby. The lighting itself also has to be protected from interference, by placing it at high level away from potential attack. Having a visible cctv on site deters 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.