5 tips on keeping your construction site secure


Every week, an estimated £1 million worth of machinery and equipment is stolen from construction sites up and down the UK. This astonishing figure means that, along with the pressures of the build, financial restraints and health and safety protocols, construction firms now have to place construction site security as one of their primary concerns. Sites typically have expensive assets on location 24 hours a day throughout the duration of the project, meaning firms without adequate protection are putting themselves at the mercy of increasingly savvy thieves and vandals, well-versed in exploiting surveillance weaknesses. And with less than 10% of all stolen assets being retrieved by police, taking chances with security is just not worth the risk. So here we share our top five tips for keeping your construction site safe and secure.

1. Construction site fencing

When making decisions on the kind of perimeter security required on-site, consider erecting anti-climb fencing without footholds. These can act as a very effective deterrent against intruders and help stop public members, children or animals from wandering onto the site unintentionally. Reinforcing the fencing with concrete blocks and corner braces also creates a solid barrier, which will be difficult to penetrate.

2. Security guards

Having security guards present around the clock is really the best way of ensuring your site has maximum protection. In addition, many sites employ patrol staff so that the entire construction area can be effectively guarded. These services may be expensive but when the value of your construction assets are considered, it is surely a small price to pay.

3. Install temporary cameras or dummy cameras

In contemplating your construction site security, your main aim should be to deter theft and vandalism from happening in the first place by installing temporary or even dummy CCTV surveillance equipment.

4. Label and store equipment safely

Ensure that your machinery and equipment is labelled using DNA asset tags or other marking systems to decrease the chances of it being stolen and increase those of it being recovered if it is. It may sound obvious, but it is also important to securely store your valuable kit overnight: firstly, to minimise the risk of theft and guard against anyone having an accident.

5. Dialogue with the local police

Finally, by getting in touch with the police in the area, they can make you aware of any security risks you should know about, advise on local crime and assist promptly if security is breached.

Looking for Construction Site Security Fencing? Contact Zaun today!

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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