Construction sites are vulnerable to thieves and vandals. Whether the project is a residential, commercial or industrial project, many site supervisors hire trained security officers to protect the assets of a construction site. One type of property requires particular attention when it comes to construction security: hotels.
Why Should You Hire Security During Construction For A Hotel?
Hotels under construction must address the common concerns found with any general construction project as well as the unique issues that hotels face in terms of security. Outlined below is a look at why security is important during construction for a hotel.
To Deter Thieves
Thieves are often drawn to construction sites during off-hours, particularly when they do not see any evidence that someone is present on the property.
Construction sites tend to have many high-value items on the property including expensive machinery and tools, building materials and furnishings.
In addition to financial loss, equipment that is stolen can be costly in terms of the time it takes to be replaced, which can delay the project significantly.
Although some thieves are quite determined, many will move onto an easier target if a hotel under construction has a visible security presence.
When officers regularly patrol the grounds, it signals to potential thieves that the site takes security seriously and that there is a good chance they will be apprehended if they attempt to break into the site.
If certain areas of the hotel are particularly vulnerable due to construction, such as an empty floor or wing of guest rooms, extra security officers can be devoted specifically to these locations to avoid furnishing theft, squatting or vandalism.
To Give Guests And Employees Peace Of Mind
Hotel guests are often visiting an unfamiliar place and trust their hotel to keep them safe. Guests who see uniformed security officers posted throughout the property are more likely to find satisfaction in their stay.
In return, they are more likely to visit again in the future, recommend the hotel to friends and family and post positive reviews online.
Proper security can also reassure employees who may be concerned about changes to the property and the presence of unknown individuals in the construction crew.
Allowing employees to focus on their job without distraction increases their satisfaction as well as their ability to provide guests with the most positive experience possible.
Security officers can provide an extra layer of protection for those who handle money, such as those working in the lobby, bar, restaurant or gift shop.
They can also accompany employees to their vehicles at the end of their shifts, particularly if finishing late at night and or have to leave their vehicle in an unfamiliar location during construction.
To Provide A Timely Response To Emergencies
Security officers are typically trained in emergency response and first aid. Having prepared individuals on site in emergencies can provide many benefits.
Security officers are able to respond quickly to these situations, contacting the appropriate authorities for assistance and rendering aid while waiting for first responders to arrive on the scene.
In addition, they can prevent some types of accidents and emergencies from occurring. Their constant presence enables them to detect and address early signs of fires, leaks or floods before they become more dangerous.
This safety measure limits property damage as well as physical harm to guests and employees.
To Identify And Address Security Vulnerabilities
Although the deterrence provided by a visible security presence is a strong merit, it is also important to consider other ways that security officers can contribute to crime prevention at hotels that are under construction.
They can check for broken locks or doors, inoperable lighting and other vulnerabilities that put your hotel and its guests at risk. They can also train hotel workers on proper security procedures to prevent common problems from occurring.
Hotels that are currently occupied while undergoing construction must be particularly cautious when it comes to security.
The project may allow certain areas of the hotel to be more accessible than usual, and the flow of construction workers could make it easier for opportunistic thieves to access the site undetected.
This can put guests’ safety and personal belongings at serious risk. Security officers are able to recognize suspicious individuals and prevent them from accessing the site or escort them off the grounds if they are detected after entering.
Reach Out To The Hotel Construction Security Professionals
Get in touch with the security professionals at American Protection Group to find out how to keep your hotel safe while construction is underway. Their experienced team can identify vulnerabilities and recommend the best course of action to minimize risk.