Construction sites always work to tight budgets, so it’s not uncommon for security services, especially uninformed security, to be ‘further down the list’ or selected purely based on price.
By hiring low-cost guards for your construction site security, not only do you risk entrusting your site’s progress, plant and equipment to potentially unskilled and unmotivated guards, you’re also wasting money.
So, how do you get the best possible bang for your buck without having to break the bank?
Below, we’ve highlighted 5 approaches you could take in order to add value and save money when it comes to construction site guarding services.
#1 Consider Security Dog Handlers
Covering a large and complex area often requires hiring a number of static guards but, naturally, the more guards you hire the more expensive it becomes.
It’s a fine line to balance, but if you want to ensure that your site remains equally as secure, but at a lower cost, you’ll want to think about security dog handlers.
Although seemingly more expensive – around £3 per hour more than a static guard – a single NASDU trained security dog and handler, with heightened senses and faster response times, can cover the same area as 3 guards: with the added benefit of being more of a psychological deterrent to would-be intruders.
Considering a security dog handler as an alternative to hiring multiple guards can help you keep costs down without jeopardising the security of your construction site.
#2 A ‘Lookout’ System on Construction Site Security Guard Assignments
Another way to add value to your construction site security is through hiring guards armed with wireless infrared detectors.
These ‘lookouts’ can be positioned at all site access points to monitor for movement; and they’re remotely connected to the on-duty guard’s receiver.
Supported by these systems, a uniformed guard can respond to the breached area the moment their receiver is triggered, helping you increase response times and create a more efficient security environment.
#3 The Addition of On-Call Supervisors to Aid Your Construction Site Security
Construction site security isn’t static, and it needs to evolve with each site. What’s being used at the beginning isn’t necessarily consistent with security that is required later in the site’s lifecycle.
The most important way of keeping on top of all aspects of both the site and its guards is ensuring that you have regular visits by supervisors; and knowing that they are available to you around the clock.
An essential asset to a security guarding service, supervisors provide regular visits to not only assess the performance levels of their guards, but also to monitor the site itself for the latest developments and requirements.
They should always be on hand to make any adjustments that may be required to continue protecting your construction site to the highest standards, and ensure you are happy with the ongoing security service being provided.
#4 Geo-Fenced Shift Booking
How many times have you witnessed security guards working on your construction site nipping-out for coffee, or taking personal phone calls? Unfortunately, this can be a common problem, but one that can be solved with geo-fencing.
Benefitting from in-app technology, geo-fencing puts a digital barrier around your construction site that guards must clock in and out of using unique QR codes.
This means that security staff can only clock in and out when they’re within a certain radius of your site, allowing you to monitor who is where at all times, putting your mind at ease and ensuring there are no unauthorised late-night runs to the shop!
#5 A Premium Security Guarding Service
How many times have you heard the term ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ ?
In other words, you get what you pay for. If you find yourself changing construction site security contractors or agencies on every project, it’s probably time to look for a premium security guarding service.
Premium security services are renowned for recognising the wellbeing of their staff, ensuring appropriate shift patterns and providing a fair wage which results in a higher standard of work.
This means when to it comes to protecting your site, guards from premium security services are motivated to provide the highest levels of security and do everything they can to protect your construction site and assets.
Following any of these site security tips is a great way to ensure that you are getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to guarding services.
From security dog handlers helping you cover more areas for less money, to site supervisors making regular visits to ensure the best possible results, all will save you money through adding new efficiencies and value.
Secure Site UK provides guarding solutions to all the above, so don’t hesitate to get in contact and ensure your site is protected to the highest possible standard.
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