Keep your premises or construction site safe and secure from intruders
Commercial premises, areas and sites are prime targets for thieves – often isolated out of hours they can provide rich pickings in terms of valuable equipment and materials, and the less secure ones can make for an unfortunately easy theft.
Preventing commercial crime is certainly possible and is easier than ever thanks to advances in security equipment and procedures, so how can it benefit you?
- Bespoke intruder alarms
For many intruders, evidence of a comprehensive alarm set up will be enough to dissuade them from even trying to break in or access the area.
Advanced alarm systems designed specifically for certain commercial situations are worth investing in. For example, for construction sites alarm systems can be battery powered so no need for a power supply, and specialist scaffolding commercial alarm systems can be specified to detect intruders trying to climb scaffolding.
Another advantage with specifically designed alarm systems is they can adapt as and when a site changes; for example, a construction site may be reconfigured as work is completed so the alarm and CCTV camera placements can be altered or added to as appropriate.
- Limit entry points to premises
The more ways people can get in and out of a premises or site, the more vulnerabilities there are. It’s too easy for a door or gate to be accidentally left unlocked or for a key code combination to fall into the wrong hands.
It’s worth reassessing entry and exit points and reducing them if possible, and while you’re at it consider changing key codes and passwords if they haven’t been altered in a while.
Along with CCTV and alarms, good lighting that illuminates the whole area of a commercial site is a major deterrent to potential intruders.
Assess current lighting provision and ensure all areas are lit with no shadowy areas offering a secluded area for an intruder to gain access. Consider alternative lighting types if needs be including motion activated varieties.
- Security aware personnel
If you can help foster a culture of everyone working in the area taking responsibility for security and adopting best practices, then this can help strengthen arrangements.
All too often a theft is down to someone being careless such as leaving a window open, leaving keys in machinery such as a digger, or forgetting to properly set an alarm. Encourage everyone who is responsible for locking up and so forth to adopt regular checks and to stick to set procedures, and to be alert to any suspicious goings on.
Some basic security procedures:
- Check fencing – on a construction site fencing is sometimes moved to allow heavy machinery or large loads to gain access, so ensure it’s all put back in position after – and certainly by the end of the day before the site becomes deserted
- Valuables on show – try and keep valuable items away from perimeter fencing as these can be temptation for thieves; not only are they on display but could be easy to remove than if they’re stored deeper into the site or premises
- Equipment inventory – ensure equipment and materials is accounted for regularly; some thefts aren’t noticed until some time after in the case of certain smaller items being stolen, or if thefts are being made by personnel on the premises
A key part of good security is attention to detail and people being diligent and observant; but don’t forget how modern tech such as CCTV, lighting and alarms systems can also help.