Construction site theft costs Australian businesses over $50 million Annually, with only 25% of all stolen items ever being recovered, this figure does not consider the disruption to business whilst waiting on replacement equipment. With tight margins, and even tighter timelines, this process can be very stressful for business owners. To avoid this pre-planning your construction security is essential.
Knowing the types of thieves that target your site is an important first step in this planning process
A report from the Construction and Mining Equipment Industry Group identified the two most common types of construction site theft, being
1. Random or spontaneous thieves that may vandalise the site indiscriminately, steal items or take machinery for a ‘joy ride’ often leaving it damaged a short distance away from site. These criminals offer a secondary risk to businesses as they are unfamiliar with the site and can easily, and seriously injure themselves.
2. Crime Syndicates – The second type of theft, and arguably the reason only 25% of items are recovered, are organised crime syndicates who plan thefts based on their own risk assessments, targeting those sites with minimal or ineffective security systems in place.
The most important precaution businesses can take is to install high fences, Lighting, CCTV and electronic security gates, unfortunately, such installations are often completed at the end of the build, whilst security is left to some temporary fencing and random security patrols.
Industrial Gates for Protection
At Commercial Gate Systems we’ve found at those sites where industrial automatic gates are installed at the commencement of the project, businesses were not only given peace of mind that their plant and equipment was protected, but they were able to monitor the traffic coming in and out of their property.
Our Industrial automatic gates can be fitted with intercom access equipment, card readers, CCTV and phone entry system access controllers. This enables businesses to not only monitor traffic but also allows them to grant access to, and record, ad-hoc site visitors as required.
Fencing and Automatic gates are not just a security measure. It is common knowledge that construction sites are dangerous places. The risks for unauthorised personnel entering a site include injuries or death from falls, electric shock, drowning and exposure to hazardous materials to name a few. It is little wonder site security is also an OH&S requirement in most Australian States.
At Commercial Gate Systems we can help business owners reduce their risks and save time and money. We provide free on-site quotes for all commercial clients to provide you with the best solution to protect your most valuable assets.
For more information or to request a quote please contact us or phone 07 3286 8119 to talk with a team member today.