Construction sites offer great opportunities for thieves and vandals. Any given construction site on Cape Cod could easily have tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools, equipment, and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of building materials and construction equipment on the site.
Here is a recent news article about the theft of plumbing supplies (copper) from a construction site where a new home is being built. Pay attention to the timeline of the theft…
SOUTH YARMOUTH – Yarmouth police are searching for the person or persons who stole copper from a construction site in South Yarmouth. According to a Yarmouth police release, more than $2,000 in copper material was stolen from a property on Jesse’s Lane in the Bass River section of town.
The theft was reported to police Thursday morning. It is believed the theft occurred approximately 2- to 3-weeks ago. A new home is being built on the property. — Copper stolen from South Yarmouth construction site
The copper pipes were stolen at some point during a 2 to 3 week period and went unnoticed…
I know another local builder that had over $30,000 worth of tools stolen in a neighborhood where several new homes were being built. There are countless numbers of thefts that occur at construction sites. The items stolen range from tools and equipment, to building supplies and appliances.
A recent survey conducted for the Chartered Institute of Building identified that 92% of their respondents in the construction industry are affected regularly by theft, with 21% of these revealing that theft takes place on a weekly basis from their sites. — The true cost of construction site theft
Heavy equipment and building materials area not only susceptible to theft, but are also targets for vandalism. In the last five years, the National Equipment Register has compiled a list of more than 70,000 reports of stolen construction and farm equipment.
“A lot of the reason for the thefts is that they are a crime of opportunity,” he said. “Work sites are not patrolled, high value items are not locked up or put in safe places. There is no sense of security at the sites” after hours, which virtually invites thieves to try to steal something. — Law Enforcement Focuses on Construction Site Theft
How to combat construction site theft and vandalism
Electronic surveillance, periodic mobile security patrols and posted security guards are all excellent security solutions for residential and commercial construction sites. These security measures can both prevent crimes from happening and if something does happen, they will offer valuable information to police investigators after the fact.
Electronic Surveillance & Camera Traps
Surveillance cameras and camera traps can be set to record comings and goings at construction sites 24/7, or can be scheduled to record at times when the site is vacant. These can be multi camera setups linked to a DVR and set to record all activity at the site. Modern surveillance camera systems can record and store weeks worth of video in a timeline format. Camera systems can be high profile, or can be set up to be covert and may not even be noticed by workers at the site.
Stand alone motion triggered cameras, like game or trail cameras, can also be used ins spots where no electric power is readily available, or for where a very covert approach is desired. For a few hundred bucks, either type of system, or a combination of both can be a valuable tool in combating construction site theft.
Mobile Security Patrols
Random security patrols are another great option for building sites. Patrols offer a high visibility option for construction site security and can be performed at any interval, at any time of day. Construction sites are most often patrolled at night and on weekends when there is usually no one at the site working. Periodically checking job sites for unusual activity, especially on weekends is a strategy recommended by law enforcement agencies.
Periodic random patrols will portray a high security presence during periods when there is typically nobody around at the site (times that thieves target). Since all of our patrols include detailed real time reporting and time stamped images, these reports can be a vital asset in cataloging construction progress and what equipment and materials are present on the site during each patrol.
Secure your construction site
The combination of both camera traps and mobile patrols will ensure that your construction site is safe and will make it an undesirable target for thieves and vandals.
Let’s have a look at how All Cape Security Patrol’s construction site security services could have helped in the case of the theft described in the article above. First off, the security patrol units would have discovered the theft sooner than 2 or 3 weeks by comparing previous reports against the present. Secondly, the electronic surveillance equipment and camera traps could have aided in the identification of the thieves themselves, or may have given investigators solid enough evidence to lead to a quick arrest in the case.
Call All Cape Security Patrol at (774) 383-2030 or email us today for a free quote on your construction site security needs.