The onset of unseasonably warm weather has construction sites buzzing even more than usual as contractors use good weather to hit their construction deadlines. In Halton Region, for example, the new hospital is just one of several construction projects going full throttle.
But that same good weather can also bring heightened security concerns if thieves see opportunity in the spring air.
Consider what happened recently in Vancouver.
Earlier this month thieves stole more than $12,000 of copper wire from a construction site. According to the Vancouver Sun , the spooled wire – which had been delivered to the new-build job site just days earlier were locked in a storage area of the unfinished parkade when they disappeared over a weekend, despite the presence of on-site security guards.
Here are a few security tips to help that from happening on your job site:
Shine a light on it … Bright lights can be a jobsite’s best friend (even if neighbours may not be that keen). Motion-sensitive lights can also help keep thieves out, especially if the lights are integrated into a CCTV system and monitoring station. Remember to protect your power source to keep these lights working for you.
Keep it tidy … Messy job sites can be a nightmare from a security perspective. So keep it tidy to help avoid trips and falls over sprawled-out equipment, for example. As well, ill-kept, on-site inventory can be easy pickings for thieves looking for a quick grab-and-dash. Keeping an orderly job site – and ensuring that it looks orderly from the roadside – can help limit losses to theft.
Plan, plan, plan … Security planning should be integral to your overall site plan. Develop, share and practice your on-site security plan with everyone on the job site, with particular focus on high-profile areas of the site. Revise your plan as the project evolves. You might also consider adding mobile surveillance to complement your security solution. As well, ensure that on-site security staff are fully engaged in your plan and are in position to quickly mitigate any security issues themselves and/or with assistance from local police.
Fences and signs … Snow fences clearly won’t deter thieves on a mission, but they will deter – and protect – neighborhood kids who wander over to check out the cool machinery and big holes. Make sure these fences – if not something much better – are in good order at all times. As well, make sure your site has clear signage when it comes finding safety equipment and avoiding dangerous areas. These are basic things to do. But – like most basic things – they are very important and often overlooked.
Spring is the perfect time to build masterpieces. Take a few security steps to make sure that it’s not also the time to lose materials.