Security fencing to combat £400m construction crime bill


According to the latest statistics, theft and vandalism are costing the UK construction industry an estimated £400 million a year. However, the British Chartered Institute of Building report revealed the shock figure for 2015, while pointing out this could be a conservative estimate, since some crimes went unreported.

Theft is the most common crime, with 21% of companies admitting they experience theft every week. A massive 92% of construction companies said they were affected by theft at least once every year. Among the types of equipment stolen are forklift trucks, generators and trailer mounts, in many cases by organised crime gangs.

In fact, the most commonly stolen site equipment included excavators, trailers, telehandlers and site dumpers, with an average of 900 thefts of trailers in one year. There has also been an increase in the theft of agricultural tractors and portable generators. Any equipment that doesn’t have a serial number is at risk and can easily be sold to an unsuspecting contractor or even stripped down for parts.

The BCIB points out the cost of replacing stolen equipment is only part of the issue, as theft and vandalism have a knock-on effect on insurance premiums, leading to price increases for contractors and clients and delays in completing projects.

An effective way of combating crime is to install high-security perimeter fencing around construction sites. There are various choices for construction site security, a popular option being the erection of anti-climb fencing that doesn’t have footholds.

This is n deterrent against intruders and stops children, members of the public, and animals from inadvertently entering the site. To create a solid barrier, the fence can be reinforced using concrete blocks and corner braces. A combination of products can make security fencing particularly effective.

The problem in the UK has become so severe that leading insurer RSA has warned companies who rent out construction site equipment to be extra-vigilant to help combat the threat of plant theft. The RSA states that crime adds a “significant amount” to the costs of insurance claims, leaving the policy-holders as the real victims, as they end up paying higher premiums as a result.

Looking for Security Fencing for Construction Sites? 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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