Why You Need to Secure Your Construction Site with CCTV

A report from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), reported that the UK construction industry suffers an estimated loss of more than £400 million a year due to vandalism and theft. Their recent survey showed that theft, vandalism and health and safety neglect are the most common crimes committed in the industry, with 92% of respondents aware of theft occurring in their company, 91% being affected by vandalism, and 90% conscious of health and safety neglect.

Source: CIOB

Although crime rates vary from region to region, many construction workers have seen crimes ranging from petty theft and vandalism to larger-scale organised theft, arson or identity theft. These crimes are a problem for many businesses and property owners, as the theft and damage of expensive plant equipment could lead to an interruption of the works on site, larger unforeseen costs and higher insurance premiums.

CCTV systems for construction and building sites, can enable businesses in the industry to safeguard their assets throughout their project, as well as better monitor site activity if something should go wrong. CCTV systems are an approved security measure to deter and target construction site crime, however, they are also great for monitoring site health and safety, to comply with industry health and safety requirements.

CCTV Systems for Health and Safety

A 2007/8 study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the construction industry suffered 72 fatal injuries in the period, with similar statistics for the 5 years following. As a result, site safety has been foregrounded as a top priority for any construction works, in order to reduce the amount of avoidable accidents occurring due to neglect.

CCTV systems allow companies to comply with health and safety regulations and ensure that accidents are prevented or handled more effectively.

The benefits of CCTV in the construction industry

  • Any suspicious of criminal activity will be recorded and can be reviewed at any time, making perpetrators more easily identifiable and crimes more easily reported. By taking this precaution, you’ll increase your chances of recovering any stolen equipment. It will also save you time and money on selecting and replacing equipment that cannot be recovered.
  • A CCTV system with relevant signage will deter thieves or vandals in fear of being caught.
  • Remote access of your site CCTV can let you see footage through multiple devices, such as a laptop or smart phone. This gives site owners more control over their projects, even when they’re away.
  • Professional monitoring services are also available, meaning that your construction site or property can be monitored 24 hours a day. A monitored CCTV system offers a thorough, comprehensive way of safeguarding a site, particularly in less frequented or protected areas.
  • CCTV is an important risk assessment measure which will make employees more aware of their actions and of their need to comply with site practices.

At Suttie Site Services, we use the latest CCTV technology to design, plan and install security systems to any specific site requirements. If you’d like to secure your construction site or property, we can provide a range of security systems to reduce the risks of crime and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all on site. To discuss your security requirements, or for your free no-obligation quote, please contact us on 0844 241 5300 or use our online contact form.

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