Are you thinking about hiring a company to handle your building site security? Access is needed by a range of contractors on your building site, it may be hard to keep tabs on everybody on-site, so take the hassle out of your problem and hire a professional security company to handle your building site security. Particularly vulnerable at out of hours’ times, arson and vandalism are other potential problems that could arise if your site is not secured sufficiently. A professional manned guarding service means a professional security officer is on site outside of working hours, which is a major deterrent to would-be thieves. As well as carrying out regular patrols – which is a great way of preventing illegal activity, such as theft or vandalism – a security officer can also provide full gate control, signing personnel and vehicles in and out, so you know exactly who is on site and when. Whoever you eventually hire, make sure that they are an SIA licenced individual.
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Below we’ve listed six reasons to hire a professional guard company to handle your building site’s security:
1. Manned Guards Can Control The Building Site Access
Builders, electricians, plumbers and painters with changing working schedules and deliveries at all hours of the day, it can be hard to keep track of all the different individuals coming and going from a building site day after day. Having professional building site security guards can ease the stress load. They can control site access to authorised individuals only, minimising the chances of theft, vandalism and people from squatting after working hours.
2. Professional Security Guards are a Deterrent for Thieves
From materials like wood, concrete, plaster and paint to tools such as saws, sanders and scaffolds, materials and tools used on a construction site aren’t cheap. It could be a builder who decides to steal something on a whim or the seasoned criminal who scopes out your construction site and plans to come back late at night to take goods when no one is around. Thieves come in all different forms, and it can be hard to vet everyone working on your building site thoroughly. Having a security officer on your building site will make contractors think twice before taking materials and tools that do not belong to them. If you hire a guard to patrol the site after hours, they can report any suspicious activity to the authorities and catch thieves before it is too late. Lock up materials and tools at night if it is possible. If you are employing an individual to keep your building site secure at night, ensure they have appropriate lone worker protection.
3. Construction Site Security Guards Can Keep Out Vandals
Security guards won’t only keep away thieves, but vandals too. In December of 2016, it was reported that the construction industry loses £800 million each year on average due to theft and vandalism with costs including damage repair, replacement costs, hire of replacement equipment, loss of business and increased insurance premiums (1). Security guards can catch vandals before or during the act of property damage such as graffiti and defacement of property.
4. Manned Security Guards Can Prevent and Protect Your Building Site Against Fires And Fire Damage
Building sites generally don’t have fire safety systems installed. The prevention and reporting of a fire is often up to busy site managers and contractors working on the building site. Security guards are trained to monitor an entire building site and watch out for signs of a fire. A good security officer will know how to safely evacuate employees on a building site if there is a fire, keep the fire damage to a minimum, call the fire department and cordon off necessary areas.
5. Security Personnel Can Keep Building Site Workers Safe
Building sites are high risk areas, a typical place where accidents are bound to happen. Whether it be a construction emergency where something breaks or someone is injured, well-trained security guards can be a building site’s emergency response. They can contact the appropriate emergency services and if they’ve undergone a good security training course, they will usually be trained in first aid. Even when you have clocked off for the day, a security guard may spot an intruder and any hazards that they may leave for your unsuspecting staff the following day or any machinery that may have been tampered with via wireless CCTV or by patrolling your building site.
6. Manned Guards Can Ensure Compliance Standards Are Met While Saving You Money
A security guard can make sure health and safety rules and regulations are being followed. Perhaps someone isn’t using the proper safety equipment or is working recklessly. A trained security guard has the skills to confront the worker and resolve the issue in the appropriate manner. Theft, vandalism and fire can amount to thousands of pounds in losses. Because building site manned guards are constantly on the lookout, they can prevent and minimise incidents from occurring that could end up costing you. Next time you think you are saving money by cutting security staff, think again.