Construction sites are regarded as an easy target for opportunistic thieves, with many contractors and vehicles entering each day as well as being completely vacated at night. Many construction sites suffer theft, yet security is often considered a ‘luxury’ (or an unnecessary evil!).
However, well-managed uniformed construction site security is effectively cost-neutral, with savings made in the prevention of lost plant, materials and frustrating downtime. It may also be an insurance requirement.
- All guards SIA-licensed, DBS checked, with own PPE and site experience
- Electronic log on/off and site patrols, confirm duties performed and alert guards
- ‘Lookout’ site intruder detectors included for ‘eyes everywhere’ on site
- Guarding includes supervision, management and weekly reports to you
- Nationwide teams of static guards and dog handlers to protect your site
“Please give all the security guards our thanks, they have all been fab, professional and friendly. You have been a great company to work with for both the security guards and the fencing.”
Ros Andrews, Managing Director
K. Lacey (E & D) Ltd.
FULLY LICENSED CONSTRUCTION SECURITY GUARDS
With risk of theft, vandalism and even ‘urban warriors’ looking for a new thrill, construction site managers need the certainty their guards are punctual, reliable, trustworthy and effective. Therefore, we start by vetting our officers to BS 7858 to confirm at least 5 years’ unblemished history, with each being DBS checked and, of course, SIA licensed. In addition, we select guards with construction site experience, clear communication and common sense.
Where stipulated, security guards holding CSCS cards can be deployed. In addition, officers arrive prepared with full PPE including hard hat, hi-vis clothing and safety boots. Being CHAS accredited, Secure Site UK naturally takes site health and safety seriously, in order to protect all parties.
CONSTRUCTION SITE SECURITY MANAGEMENT
There are many, but essentially, the better the security is managed, the safer your construction site is. For example, before starting to guard your site, we find out exactly what you’re expecting of us and our guards. Therefore, one of our guarding supervisors collates a set of detailed assignment instructions from you and any site-specific risk assessments, to ensure guards’ duties exactly meet the construction site security requirements.
Key management is agreed, plus site patrols and intervals, including checks of the perimeter, gates plant, materials with any damage or potential issues or incidents highlighted and logged in the site log-book. We record previous incidents, known threats and local crime rates, enabling us to be proactive and ahead of criminals.
SECURITY GUARD PERFORMANCE
No problem. Log-books are a legal requirement for guarded sites. They record guard names, SIA licence numbers, booking on and off times, site patrols and any incidents – plus how they were responded to and rectified – being invaluable information for site teams or Police when investigating incidents.
Probably the biggest step forward here is our own Guarding App, which geo-fences sites, meaning guards can only book on when actually on site, recording their site patrols, confirming they are on site for the entire shift, contacting them hourly for lone worker check-calls. It records incidents, supervisor visits and has an emergency SOS call feature with everything date and time stamped – with all of this available for clients to see at any time, confirming guard performance and site safety are as expected.
SECURITY GUARD SUPERVISION
Officer supervision is key to a successfully managed site, and that’s what we believe sets our guarding service apart from the others. We conduct regular, unannounced supervisory site visits to check guard performance and welfare.
Guarding can be a lonely job. These visits show guards they’re part of the Secure Site UK team, confirm they’re valued and motivate them to perform to client expectations and the highest standards. We believe there’s the potential for every security guard to be a real asset to the site management team – especially when well-managed and dedicated to their role.
FAIRLY PAID SECURITY GUARDS
Probably as a result of having little work, some guarding companies bid on price alone, even paying guards below the minimum or living wage! Yet a guard is often expected to protect multi-million pound sites from thieves and prepared to put themselves in the way to prevent this.
We value our guards and believe this earns respect and a decent hourly rate, so that’s what we pay our guards, and in return we get loyalty, pride in their performance and motivation to perform to the highest level. Win-win all-round, we believe.
SECURITY DOG HANDLERS OR STATIC SECURITY GUARDS?
Yes. Secure Site UK’s security dog handlers provide an unrivalled visual and psychological deterrent – as well as physical obstruction to those ignoring polite warnings or intent on committing criminal activity.
Dogs’ hearing and smell is 600 times better than humans, meaning they detect movement and intruders far sooner – whilst their bark is a great deterrent in its own right!
The cost-effectiveness a security dog is often overlooked, since a highly trained and experienced canine unit can efficiently protect a site otherwise requiring 3 static officers.
SECURITY GUARD NATIONAL COVERAGE
To meet emergency requirements, Secure Site UK also has the capability and flexibility to install licensed security officers and dog handlers anywhere in the UK within 3 hours.
Do You Want Cheap – Or Reliable?
You’ll appreciate that a professional guarding company structure and procedures, guard management and supervision, plus technology and fair pay for guards doesn’t make us the cheapest, but then do you really want cheap? Or do you want the reassurance your site is properly protected?
FULLY ACCREDITED & INSURED
We are SSAIB and insurance approved CCTV installers, ensuring your systems are installed – and certificated – to the highest specification and in accordance with the British Standard BS 50132 or BS 8418, the code of practice for a Police response.
Our security guards are SIA licensed, DBS checked and industry vetted to BS 7858.
Our operations comply with BS 7499 regarding security guards and mobile patrols and BS 7984 regarding key-holding.
We’re also active members of the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) and NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users).