Let’s face it. Construction site theft is an epidemic.
Across the UK, more than a fifth of construction sites are entered unlawfully every single week. In most cases, it might just be trespassing; others, however, may result in high-value theft that can dramatically delay your project – leaving you out of pocket at the same time.
In fact, studies have shown that theft, vandalism and other criminal actions can cost the construction industry over £800 MILLION each year; a number that’s only likely to rise if construction sites continue to be an open target.
Good news: there are steps that you can take to prevent ongoing construction theft and vandalism, making your business venture all that more profitable. First, let’s take a look at how criminals could be costing you time and money:
Vandalism and Theft
There are a few reasons that someone might forcefully enter your site: shelter, casual interest… or of course to leave graffiti and steal your equipment.
Construction equipment is often left onsite, unguarded overnight. In Bristol, especially in those rougher areas with higher crime rates, this can make your gear a very easy target for criminals.
Construction equipment seems to always maintain its resale value, and when you consider how easy it is for a criminal to enter a site, steal your gear and still get away scott-free, it’s no wonder why so many people try their luck.
In some cases, a trespasser won’t even steal anything; instead, they’ll just spray paint your site. These murals and tags are difficult and costly to remove, and might even hinder your site progress as you wait for it to be removed.
If these criminals can’t be identified, then it’s up to you or your business to cover the costs of any damage or theft.
One of the main reasons that you need security on your Bristol construction site will be to recover any potential losses, especially if you are a repeat target.
By placing security cameras or even mobile security guards, you’re drastically increasing the likelihood of catching (and stopping) the perpetrator. From here, you’ll have a much better chance of recovering any lost funds, tools or equipment.
If you catch a thief, prosecution is generally much quicker, so you won’t be out of action for as long as you could be.
The cost of hiring SIA security guards will usually outweigh the possible losses of a non-protected site. If you’re one of the 21% of construction sites that get burgled once a week, you’ll make your money back in theft deterrent alone!
Protect your site
It’s up to us as an industry to stop construction theft – it’s an issue that’s getting out of control.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a bespoke Bristol construction site security plan can help your business to thrive, you can contact us online.
We’ll be able to work alongside you to create a unique, tailored security structure for your Bristol construction site.
We’re here to help!