Complete Perimeter Protection, Gate Control and Remote Job Site Monitoring.
Stockpiles of construction supplies, constantly changing job sites, remote locations, and frequent contractor access, make it challenging to completely protect your construction site using security guards alone. A successful security solution for construction sites also needs to have more than security cameras monitoring the perimeter, 24/7. This is because studies show that criminals who are not caught in the act, will return to repeatedly victimize; adding more to your existing security costs. As a General Contractor, your main concern is completing projects on time and on budget. And frequent theft and vandalism to machinery can cause significant delays to your project.
Before partnering with Radius Security, most of our customers previously have used guard services or have attempted to self-monitor their entire construction sites using basic security cameras. This especially became problematic when managing multiple projects at once. Our customers have chosen to partner with Radius Security because they want to catch criminals red-handed with the help of local law enforcement.
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What are the Biggest Threats to Construction Site Security?
Copper Theft on Job sites
Copper is a big target for thieves as it is highly valuable for resale, making it, and other construction tools some of the top items stolen by trespassers. Unfortunately, security guards can’t be everywhere on your job site at once, and often it would take more than one to secure a typical job site due to their size. Typically guard services will also focus on securing site trailers and routinely walking the perimeter in a predictable pattern, leaving equipment, copper wire and tools vulnerable for sometimes hours at a time. Remote Video Monitoring has impacted the rate of copper theft since 2019, read more about the role of video camera analytics in stopping copper theft here.
Sub-trade Disputes and Worker Incidents
You have likely dealt with liability claims when a worker or sub-trade has been injured on site. Our Investigations department can help you find and access the recordings you need to ensure you and your workers are covered. Our Investigations Leader will pull relevant camera footage and compile a report for you to ensure you have all the evidence you need in the case of an insurance or legal dispute. As a site manager, it’s your job to have access to all the information you may need, we can help you champion this. Some of our customers have also used this as a tool to remotely manage job sites to intervene in the case of job site impairment. Learn more about that here.
Unfortunately, cranes are extremely attractive to both adrenalin junkies and those who are substance-impaired. As everyone in the construction industry knows, these scenarios can endanger trespassers and cause lengthy project delays if there is a tragic result. Your best plan of action is to use camera analytics to monitor any suspicious persons on-site and work with police to apprehend trespassers before they climb the crane. We have more on how to build a security strategy for crane climbers here.
Why Alarms don’t work
There is evidence that apprehensions are the only way to eliminate crime on your construction job site completely.
By using sirens to scare trespassers off your site, you’re unable to catch them red-handed – making recovery of stolen goods impossible. It also makes it tricky to build evidence in a criminal case against someone because proving the connection between your assets and the assets in their possession is very difficult if there is no continuous footage of the crime.
Many jurisdictions and residential communities also have noise bylaws in place that do not allow loud sounds and sirens overnight. If you rely on sirens for your security response, then you’re likely to run into some issues depending on your location. While we agree that sirens and strobe lights can be effective in some situations, we do not recommend that they are your first line of defence.
The most important reason that alarms are ineffective for security on construction sites, is because they give the trespasser time to escape before any police can respond. By silently working with law enforcement and tracking the suspect on-site, our customers are able to be part of a solution that helps build property crime-free neighbourhoods.
How Can I Save Money on my Construction Security Budget?
Paul the Project Manager thought he could save his company some money by removing security from the budget. Sound familiar? What he didn’t realize was, that cutting back on security typically results in unexpected downtime, damage to equipment on-site and other indirect costs. Today’s security technology, however, prevents crime more effectively than ever.
# 1 Stop Trespassers
Catching a thief before they take your tools and copper wire or a vandal before they damage your crane, saves the costs of those materials and equipment. It also prevents any delays from shutting down your site or replacing your equipment. If you lose a crane, the downtime could cost you $100,000 per day. That’s more than your security budget for an entire project.
#2 Prevent Repeat Crimes
According to Fred Lohmann from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a force multiplier occurs for future crimes; one apprehension will prevent up to 33 future crimes. By using these tools, you not only decrease your insurance claims, but you could eliminate crime from your job sites completely.
Remote Construction Management Tool
With a fully-integrated system, you can view your sites remotely over the Internet. This tool enables you to keep sub-contractors on track and manage the productivity of your workers. Access to daytime footage also helps you to settle disputes between subcontractors and create a safer work environment for everyone on site.
As a Project Manager for DGS Construction, Daniel Rossi understands the issues of theft and vandalism quite well. In the past, he has tried other security systems to avoid having any delay in their construction timeline. But problems still arose in the form of copper theft and vandalism, costing them additionally in downtime.
"We've had a lot of issues in the past," Rossi admits. Most issues like copper theft won't kill a project outright, but the costs start to add up over time, adding to their cost of security overall.
DGS Construction currently utilizes Radius Security installations on six of its work-sites. Rossi oversees two of these himself, observing security footage from the comfort of his smartphone. He can also access any DGS site with Radius protection at the touch of a button. "On my phone and my desktop, I have access to every single one of them,"
Blocker Risk Prevention Program
Deterrence is an important part of any site security strategy. In 2019 we developed the Blocker Risk Prevention Program. This program was designed for two purposes, one was to have messaging that discourages trespassing and illustrates its results. Free for our customers, we install construction banners in key areas around your location to encourage potential trespassers to target elsewhere. Often trespassers aren’t hardened criminals, so using messaging and visuals to reinforce the consequences can be a successful deterrent in some cases. Additionally, the backside of these banners also provides a perfect backdrop for our analytics and prevents false alarms from outside your property.
Many other security companies also agree that if you can block visibility of high-value assets, or attractive machinery, that its less likely intruders will attempt to break in. Which is why our blockers are made from 100% opaque material to block curious people from seeing into your construction site.