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Crime Prevention at Construction Sites

Protecting Your Site
The UK Government’s shutdown means that many non-critical construction projects are closed for an extended period of time and it is important that you take steps to protect your sites against vandalism, criminal damage and theft. The current restrictions on movement means you should only travel when it is absolutely necessary, so it is important that you introduce measures that offer you peace of mind.

Best Practice Guidance

The risk to your premises will naturally be dependent on its location, building type and profile. Taking the following steps will make your premises more secure: 

  • Always start with the basics, ensure that the site perimeter is secure. Ensure the boundary is security rated and high enough to deter someone from climbing over it. We recommend a minimum height of 2.1 metres.
  • A strong vehicle height restrictor can stop large vehicles entering your site. If the site is closed, you can prohibit vehicular access to the entrance/boundary by securing it with heavy-duty concrete blocks or security rated bollards.
  • Remove any unused plant machinery.
  • Lighting affects behaviour. Ensure that your property has good lighting levels (BS5489- 2013 for public spaces). We recommend constant low-level dusk-till-dawn lighting which can be enhanced by motion detector lighting if needed.
  • Consider cutting off the supply of utilities. These amenities can be attractive to any would-be occupiers. Cutting-off the electric or water supply to the site, if they are not needed, may deter illegal occupiers. Be mindful that CCTV and alarms may require electricity.
  • Protect any buildings within your site by using accredited shutters or grilles.
  • Test and set your intruder and fire alarms and check that any monitoring arrangements remain in place.
  • Check that your CCTV systems are working and that you have sufficient data storage. If applicable, check that the system can be remotely monitored to allow you to carryout periodic checks.
  • Lock away any items that could be stolen, used as a climbing aide or targeted for arson. 
  • Remove all keys from the premises and ensure that only designated staff have access. In case of emergency, make sure there’s a list of keyholders who can be contacted. 
  • Remember to notify your insurance company that your site will be unoccupied for an extended period and check whether your policy has any relevant conditions.
Ready To Support You

The UK Government has categorised security personnel as ‘critical workers’ during this period of restricted movement. SecuriGroup is ready to support your business by providing a range of services to help protect your building during these extraordinary times, they include:

SIA Licensed Security Officers
Temporary Alarm and CCTV Systems with Remote Monitoring
Key Holding and Emergency Response
Alarm and CCTV Installation, Servicing, Maintenance and Monitoring
Vacant Property Inspections
Boarding Up and Warning Signage

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