One of the most difficult aspects of running a construction project is keeping it secure. With so many people coming on and off of a site at all hours of the day, it’s easy to throw your hands up and assume a lost. Of course, any St. Petersburg construction attorney will tell you that it wouldn’t be wise to do that. While large items are difficult to steal off a jobsite, materials such as copper that can be sold for $3.00 a pound are often the target. And over time, theft adds up. According to National Insurance Crime Bureau, the cost of stolen copper is about $1 billion per year.
However, there are measures that you can put in place, both simple and complex, that can ensure the security of your equipment and materials. Throughout this two-part series, we will provide actionable tips. For more tips, skip to part two of this series.
Oftentimes, the danger zone for construction site theft is when workers have gone home for the day. Video cameras can be set up throughout the site with the feed going to a computer offsite. Not only will you be able to see if an incident has occurred, but the presence of the camera may serve as a deterrent to thieves.
Keeping track of equipment is one of the biggest issues that contractors face. Construction sites are hectic places by nature and equipment can often become “permanently” misplaced. Consider a tracking system in which all equipment receives a serial number. Make sure that this number can be clearly identified in multiple places on the piece of equipment. Also keep records of type, condition, and location of all pieces of equipment as well as who is using it.
It’s an extra cost, but having a well-lit jobsite can serve as a powerful theft deterrent. You may also consider a motion detection device that can be triggered if an intruder enters a specific part of the property.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.