The construction industry is often a target for thieves and vandals, and individual construction sites are particularly vulnerable because of the expensive equipment and supplies they keep on the premises.
Having systems in place that protect construction sites against theft and property damage will save businesses time, money and frustration.
There is a broad range of security measures that construction site supervisors may consider, from high-quality fences and proper illumination to high-tech camera surveillance equipment and officers who can monitor the site in person and respond quickly to any incident.
Outlined below is a look at the price ranges for some of the more popular approaches to construction site security.
On-site security officers are an indispensable part of keeping a construction site secure. Although surveillance cameras and sturdy locks can provide one layer of protection, a visible security presence is one of the best ways to deter intruders.
The average cost for a security officer is generally between $30 and $65 per hour, depending on several factors, including their experience.
The price of armed security officers is on the higher end of this range, while unarmed officers tend to cost less. The choice for armed officers may be a good investment in areas with high crime rates or construction sites where many high-value assets are being stored.
The location, size, layout and assets of a construction site will influence the number of officers needed to provide adequate security. It may be possible to use both armed and unarmed officers for different security roles across a larger construction site.
Security cameras are another important component of a solid construction site security strategy and can also be very cost-effective.
Depending on their capabilities, advanced construction cameras may cost between $2,000 and $7,000. The service fees range from approximately $225 to $400 per month.
Modern cameras offer a range of beneficial functions, such as 360-degree views with zoom, tilt and pan capabilities and mobile camera trailers.
Some options provide high-definition photos and videos at 720p or greater, producing high-quality, clear images that can be useful in identifying intruders.
Many of these cameras allow users to change their angle remotely when a better view of a specific incident is needed.
Cameras with built-in motion detection abilities can be very useful in keeping construction sites secure. They may also be set up to detect motion during off-hours and send alerts via email or text.
If a user believes the situation warrants a closer look, they can use live streaming to confirm a crime is in progress and notify the authorities immediately.
A camera also provides useful evidence that may make police investigations and insurance claims more successful.
Cameras can also be used to monitor employees to ensure they are working during the hours they claim on their timesheet and that workplace safety protocols are being used.
Securing the perimeter of construction sites is essential; some cities require construction site supervisors to install perimeter fencing that meets certain specifications. Fencing that reaches six feet may cost between $3 and $5 per linear foot, and privacy screens can add to this total.
Lights will expose people who are passing through a construction site, and they can also give potential thieves and trespassers the impression that people are still at work on the site.
Motion sensors can be added to the lighting to warn trespassers that the site is being actively monitored. Lighting must be arranged strategically throughout the property to avoid creating any shadowy places suitable for hiding.
Floodlights can provide uniform illumination, while canopy lights are a more flexible lighting option.
The costs of these lights vary dramatically depending on the type of lights used, the number of lights that will be placed and the installation method, with LED lights costing less than other types of bulbs and using less energy.
Construction Sites Must Protect Their Assets
The costs of construction site security are only a small fraction of what could potentially be lost if the site is not secured. According to data from the National Equipment Register, job site theft costs the construction industry as much as $1 billion per year.
Additionally, the 2016 Equipment Theft Report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed that only 21 percent of construction and farm equipment thefts are recovered, due largely to a lack of information site supervisors have available to supply to law enforcement.
In addition to the financial losses a construction site can suffer in the event of a break-in, it is also important to consider the ramifications of being unable to complete the job on schedule. Stolen tools and materials take time to replace, and this can significantly delay a project.
Reach Out To The Construction Site Security Professionals
To find out more about how to ensure maximum security for your construction site, reach out to the experienced construction site security team at American Protection Group.
Our team of specialists can assess your situation and provide solutions that will give you the highest level of security and peace of mind.