construction site surveillance system
An excellent construction site surveillance system provides multiple layers of protection against site theft and vandalism. It helps to not only detect but also to deter and facilitate rapid responses to threats. Acquiring an efficient site surveillance system can pay off immensely in the long run, helping you prevent delays and setbacks resulting from site thefts.
However, setting up a construction site surveillance system can be quite overwhelming given the range of loose ends that must be properly protected and the lack of amenities like constant electricity, internet, and structures to mount cameras on.
To help you eliminate guesswork and implement well-rounded construction site surveillance, we’ve put together this comprehensive construction site surveillance system guide. We’ll show you the vital components that you need to include in your video surveillance system.
While it might not sound like a smart solution, good old warning signs are an effective deterrence tool because they can induce fear in potential intruders. You need warning sites at entrances and around strategic locations on your site to remind any potential intruder of the serious risks they might be taking if they attempt to break-in. At the very least, signage can prevent petty thieves and trespassers from taking your site as an easy target, thus reducing the workload of site surveillance to some degree.
Sirens and Strobe lights
Intruders and vandals will scamper away thinking that guards are on to them when high-intensity sirens and strobe lights blare off. The alarm system should be paired with a motion-sensor that activates it when someone walks past restricted areas in the property.
Ideally, you should also have a quick response team in place to respond to the alarms.
Aclarity provide remote monitoring services that bring about quick intervention by sharing professionally verified videos of situations with the authorities. This significantly increases your chances of arresting threat actors on your site or apprehending them sooner.
Criminals generally don’t like bright lights because it makes it easier for them to be spotted. They’re not wrong about that. Adequate lighting is essential to your site surveillance, especially during the night. Also, adequate lighting makes it easier to assess situations that set off an alarm. With good lighting, security cameras will most likely capture break-ins clearly to help law enforcement apprehend the assailants more quickly.
Security cameras are the center piece of any effective site security systems. They can make or mar your security system. Here are a few things you need to note when considering outdoor construction cameras:
- Infrared technology: If your site suffers from poor visibility at night – either due to poor lighting or harsh weather, you should consider using Infrared cameras. These are studded with infrared LED lights that brighten up the camera’s visual field to promote image clarity. They can also double as a thermometer to help you detect temperature changes for better energy management on your site.
- Time-lapse cameras: If you’re keen to capture your construction site progress in a lapse time video, time-lapse cameras will save you the efforts of combining multiple photos into time lapse videos. They can compile site progress footage in digital format automatically, making it easier to find events and assess the rate of progress.
Now, many construction sites don’t have amenities like active internet and stable power to support these surveillance camera provisions. Paying for constant power supply and round-the-clock internet connection might sound a bit overboard to some construction site owners. To boot, the site might be fraught with environmental factors that pose serious challenges to surveillance systems, including harsh weather, strong winds, and fog.
However, thanks to advancements in surveillance technologies, many camera options enable site owners to trump these challenges efficiently and cost-effectively. These include:
Wireless security cameras: For starters, wireless cameras are the best bet for construction site surveillance. They help you avoid the costs of installing and maintaining wire networks around the property. Construction sites are usually loaded with clutter, and wireless cameras not only help you minimize costs but also clutter. Also, wireless cameras don’t need as many walls and standing structures as wired cameras do – a good thing for a site that’s just getting off the ground.
Solar powered cameras: With these types of cameras, you don’t need to pay for constant electricity to keep your cameras running at all times. They can run with or without AC power. They’re usually not as sophisticated as AC-powered IP cameras in terms of image resolution and range of features, but they do a good job in enabling easy construction site surveillance. They’re also portable and easy to install – you can move them around effortlessly around your site depending on your surveillance needs.
Remote monitoring: You should also consider hiring remote monitoring services when planning for your outdoor security cameras. With this option, surveillance experts set up and run cloud-based security cameras to monitor your site remotely around the clock, for a flat fee. That means you don’t have to worry about maintaining constant internet access on your site for your surveillance needs. Also, with a remote monitoring team watching your site, you can always rest assured that any threat on the site will be spotted and addressed by surveillance experts before it gets out of hand.
The Bottom Line
Video surveillance is perhaps the most important aspect of construction site security because it secures the premises in a multitude of ways. An excellent surveillance system incorporates tools for detecting, deterring, and resolving threats on the site.
Aclarity takes a holistic approach to construction site surveillance, delivering surveillance services that are streamlined to the unique needs of a site. We’ll ensure that your construction site’s surveillance system contains all the vital elements in their right proportions. As such, we’ll help you avoid guesswork and poor decisions that may lead to unnecessary costs and gaps in your security system.
Let’s hear from you today about your construction site needs, and our seasoned surveillance experts will get back to you with their expert recommendations.