Prevention of vandalism and theft

Vandalism and theft on construction sites is becoming an increasingly big problem costing the industry over £1million every day, and this figure is expected to increase.

Construction sites are seen as an ‘easy’ target with expensive machinery, valuable materials and often temporary security arrangements.

The risk of vandalism and theft could be minimised by doing the following:

  • Keeping the site as uncluttered as possible, as this makes unauthorised people easier to spot;
  • Organising deliveries to site to arrive just before they are needed and ensure the amount of material and stock left on sight is kept to a minimum;
  • Operating a robust sign in, sign out procedure for everyone who comes onto the site;
  • Discouraging opportunistic theft by making sure the ownership of all plant and equipment on site can be easily identified, with clear labelling and distinctive markings;
  • Taking a walk around the perimeter of the site to identify any security blind spots, where it might be easy to gain unauthorised access;
  • Installing physical security measures such as barbed wire, anti climb paint and spikes, that are at a height of at least 2.5m;
  • Installing external lighting, remote alarms and CCTV (Signage must be displayed explaining that CCTV is in place otherwise the footage cannot be used as evidence).

To find out more about how you can keep your site secure click below.


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Zurich’s Best Practice Guide for Construction Companies

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