08 Sep The Need for Construction Site Security
You don’t need the professionals at Alpha 3 Security Services to tell you that there are a lot of construction projects in the works in South Florida – from the Florida Keys to Fort Lauderdale and on to West Palm Beach. However, if one of those sites is yours, you might need us to provide skilled security guards for your construction site.
If you live in Broward County, you probably pass by job sites or are forced to follow detours around them just about every day. And you’re probably not the only who has noticed all the building going on. Construction sites can be an inconvenience for motorists and those trying to conduct business in the area, but they can also be a magnet for criminals. Savvy builders in Broward rely on professional security company like Alpha 3 to keep their equipment safe and their jobsite secure.
The Need for Jobsite Security Services
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the theft of heavy equipment from construction sites is a growing problem in this country. “Nearly 1,000 pieces of commercial equipment are reported stolen each month to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC),” they report.
What is driving the trend? Profits!
“Thieves, many of whom belong to organized crime rings, enter jobsites after hours, load equipment onto trailers and then either resell the machinery to unsuspecting buyers, dismantly the equipment into smaller pieces for resale as spare parts, or illegally export it to other countries,” the NICB explains.
“The potential for theft going unnoticed for an extended period of time also increases when equipment owners move pieces between jobsites and fields. Loaders, backhoes, tractors, mowing equipment, bulldozers, forklifts, compressors, generators, excavators and trenching equipment are frequently targeted by criminals for their high direct value. Indirectly, their losses also cause costly job delays, downtime for your business and higher insurance premiums.”
Construction Site Security
The NICB says, “Owners must exercise diligence in protecting their investments. Failure to do so increases the risk of theft and further adds to the annual cost of equipment theft, currently estimated to range from $300 million to $1 billion. With a recovery rate of less than 20 percent, the odds of recovering your equipment are not in your favor.”
To avoid being victimized, the NICB recommends these tips:
- Avoid leaving heavy equipment unattended, especially in remote areas and during extended downtimes, such as holidays and weekends.
- Install hidden fuel shut-off systems.
- Remove fuses and circuit breakers when equipment is unattended.
- Make it harder on thieves by clustering your equipment in a “wagon-train circle” and place the more easily transported pieces of equipment – like generators and compressors – in the middle of the circle, surrounded by larger pieces of hard-to-move equipment.
Of course, nothing can take the place of professional jobsite security services, like those provided by the Alpha 3 Security Company of Broward County. When our staff is on site, you can rest assured that your security needs are being met in – whether you’re building in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach. Contact us for information about our dedicated construction site security guards.