Vulnerable Areas in Your Construction Site And How Best To Secure Them
An effective construction site security plan prioritizes the protection of vulnerable areas. These are areas that intruders often target because they’re often prone to oversight. They must be protected physically, operation-wise, and policy-wise.
Security equipment like cameras and alarm systems must cover them adequately, guards and security personnel should always pay attention to them, and they should also feature in site policies.
In this piece, we’ll highlight the key areas of weakness in your construction site and how best to secure them using ground rules, operational processes, and security equipment. This will help you create a more robust building vulnerability management plan.
The first sign of a new construction site is usually the erection of new perimeter fencing. However, it might not just be enough to erect any type of fence – criminals are all too aware of how fences can be underestimated on sites. You need a security fence that represents high-levels of security consciousness. Ideally, the perimeter fence should be unclimbable.
An unclimbable perimeter fence also deters wanderers and trespassers from entering your site. With low fences, they may think your site is loosely guarded and an easy spot for them. High fences built with concrete walls with posts warding off intruders will make them think twice about risking getting caught.
The perimeter fences should also be covered by outdoor video security systems, intruder sensors, and patrol guards. Covering every inch of the fences with security lighting can provide an additional deterrent.
Should anyone attempt to go over the fences, the guards or security cameras should be able to capture them, or an alarm system goes off, or they’re told off by the monitoring team through an audio system.
The Parking Lot
Intruders often plan to make it in and out as quickly as possible grabbing as much as they can. They usually target the low-hanging fruits and less-secure valuables, including vehicles parked in unguarded spots. A recent report from the Construction Equipment Association of UK shows that vehicles are as much a target as tools and equipment on construction sites. Also, unguarded parking lots on construction sites are often the dumping ground for abandoned objects.
Your parking lot needs full CCTV camera coverage as well as regular guard patrol. You always need someone to keep an eye out to ensure that no one abandons a car or anything else on your parking lot for whatever reason. Workers should also sign on to policies against littering or loitering on the parking lot to enable free movement of vehicles in the site.
Construction site should also have a remote activate alarm system to warn intruders or parking rule offenders caught on camera.
It isn’t just enough to build well-secured storage, you also need to ensure that the equipment and supplies it’s meant to protect are always kept there. Workers can take out more materials and equipment than they need for the day’s work and then leave them out in the open after work. You should have a policy in place to return any unused valuables to the storage after work each day.
Also, some items may have to be left in the open, such as scaffolding. The best way to secure these valuables is to ensure robust outdoor surveillance on the premises.
Marking all your equipment and tools makes it easy to trace them when they’re stolen. You can mark them permanently with hammer strokes or weld your business name on them. Ideally, leave two marks – one visible and one hidden – on each item.
Gates and Entrances
Intruders usually avoid the gates and main entrances and exits because these are usually the most protected. However, they can be compromised by someone who’s willing to put in the effort required.
Workers or visitors with malicious intentions can take advantage of their cover to probe for weaknesses around the main entrances. You can guard against this by rekeying your main entrances and storage shed doors regularly. Electronic locks are more ideal for this purpose – you only need to change the pass codes.
Other security measures like flush lighting and intruder alarm systems are all critical to your construction site security. You can also set up a warning post by the entrance listing all these security measures to let intruders know the layers of security measures they’ll have to go up against.
Your site becomes more vulnerable during periods of inactivity – more so the longer it remains inactive. You need to pay more attention to your site’s security during periods of heightened inactivity, whether it’s due to lockdowns, long holiday periods, delays caused by weather or lack of funds and building supplies.
Remote monitoring services are ideal for these periods. This ensures that trained eyes are always watching every part of your site at all times. The remote monitoring service can also provide trained but unarmed guards to patrol your site. They can use the remote activate alarm system to deter any intruder before they break in or they can send over a team of first responders and call in law enforcement if there’s a serious threat.
By shoring up the security in these vulnerable areas, you can make your site an impregnable fortress. You need to use an unclimbable concrete fence and cover every inch of it with flush lights and the best outdoor security cameras. Your parking lot should also be guarded with security cameras and remote activated siren for warding off offenders. It’s also important to rekey the locks on your entrances and main gate now and then to forestall anyone planning to use duplicate keys to break in.
During periods of inactivity, ensure that your site is always guarded with intruder alarm systems, a remote monitoring team, and patrol guards.
You can reach out to us today to beef up your construction site security cost-effectively. We’ll, first of all, carry out a comprehensive site vulnerability assessment to identify unique areas of weakness on your site. Based on the report, we’ll then provide you with high-level security recommendations.