January is always one of the busiest times of the year for our Security teams, this is largely due to theft or trespassing problems that site managers have experienced during the long Christmas/New Year break when sites are left empty. Unfortunately, these longer holidays leave sites and properties highly vulnerable to all types of issues, from material theft, to forced building entry, trespassing kids and even fly-tipping incidents, the list is quite extensive.
We’ve put together a list of tips to help avoid these types of problems in the future, but this of course won’t help immediately if you’ve already experienced issues during the holiday. This is why our team offer a free no-obligation site assessment to survey and advise on the most cost-effective and efficient measures to secure that individual site. This enables site managers to ensure that their premises is best protected in the most efficient way possible to avoid future incidents.
Site protection tips
1 – Secure your Site
It’s impossible to ensure that your site is completely risk-free, however keeping your site locked and as secure as possible will certainly provide a deterrent against would be intruders. Unwanted intruders are less likely to target premises that have a high level of security, so make sure that your site is up to the job. Security additions such as CCTV cameras, perimeter fencing and security lighting can provide a real deterrent for would-be intruders.
2 – Protecting Your Plant
Plant machinery are amongst the most valuable assets on any type of site, and unfortunately these can be very difficult to secure due to their size. This is also true for plant accessories such as buckets, hydraulic breakers and compressors that can often cost tens of thousands of pounds to replace. When thinking of security, you should prioritise this type of asset and try to store it as far away from the public eye as possible.
3 – Protect your Valuable Assets
Where possible, try to remove all valuable tools from your site and lock away any valuable building materials. If this isn’t practical, then removing them from view is a second option you should explore. If intruders cannot verify valuable assets, then they are far less likely to attempt a break-in or theft in the first place.
4 – Prepare for Severe Weather
The UK always brings a mixture of weather, from gale force winds to freezing temperatures. Make sure that stacked items are secure, and equipment that could be vulnerable to winds are moved to a sheltered and secure area.
5 – Have a Designated Contact
Even with the most precise planning, incidents can still occur. Ensure that either yourself or a colleague are contactable in the events of trespass, theft or even fire. In these types of situations, it’s always better to know earlier rather
Simply put, the more security measures in place, the less chance that thieves will even bother to target your site and will usually move onto a less secure premises. We offer a range of solutions designed to help site managers protect their assets, whilst also complying with insurance requirements. These services include –
- CCTV towers
- Manned guarding services
- Alarm systems
- Perimeter fencing
- Security signage
- Fly-tipping removal and prevention services
We hope that this information has been useful. When performing site assessments, we will always take individual site factors into consideration, and based on these, work with our customers to provide practical, cost-effective solutions. By providing a one stop shop of security options for our customers, we can make the process even easier and reduce costs further with a package of options.
If you would like to discuss this with our team, then simply get in touch and we will be happy to supply more information, arrange a free site assessment or simply have a quick chat.
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