When it comes to construction site security, site managers often have concerns around hiring guards.
Will they do a good job? Are they reliable? Round the clock security guarding? Won’t that be expensive…Isn’t CCTV the way forward?
However, choosing the right security guarding provision can enhance your construction site security, and whilst it may seem like a drastic measure, it will protect your business in the long run.
In this post, we highlight some of the main reasons why you should consider hiring uniformed security guards for your construction site.
Reason #1: Security Officers are an Effective Deterrent
This is perhaps the most obvious and important benefit of security guarding for your construction site.
The industry is known to fall prey to opportunistic thieves, and according to UK Construction Media, theft and vandalism within the UK’s construction industry costs the sector over £800 million a year.
With the heightened tensions surrounding COVID-19 – and the impact it’s having (and had) on an individual’s mental health and livelihoods, an effective deterrent on your construction site is now more essential than ever.
A physical presence will make criminals think twice before entering a site unauthorised, arguably more so than a CCTV system, which, depending on the quality of your kit and chosen security response, may not capture the perpetrator(s) before it’s too late.
What’s more, if anything suspicious is seen, a guard will be on hand to immediately report the incident or anomaly.
Reason #2: Uniformed Security Can Protect Site Workers
Construction sites are dangerous places with heavy machinery and tools that, if handled incorrectly, can prove risky to say the least.
Hiring uniformed security that have undergone SIA training will ensure that they are fully aware of the risks and are able to provide essential health and safety assistance when/where necessary. An added bonus would be a security guard with First Aid training under his/her belt.
In aiding a safer working environment, workers are much more likely to feel comfortable and protected, which in turn could help to prevent accidents.
Reason #3: Physical Security Provides Added Extras
Security guards can be mouldable. So, if you have a specific requirement, security guards can provide those added extras that you just don’t get with other security solutions.
For example, your security guards could perform routine equipment checks and inspections, potentially mitigating any accidents or errors before they occur.
This level of service means that you inevitably get much more for your money.
Reason #4: They Can Save You Money
Yes, security guarding may seem like a high upfront cost. However, when you consider how much money you could be saving by avoiding theft, vandalism, and fire – as well as other risks associated with construction sites, security guards can be a real asset.
Reason #5: Security Guarding Can be Tailored to your Needs
With a guarding service, a one-size-fits-all approach just isn’t appropriate since every construction site is different. Therefore, security guarding can be tailored to suit your requirements and budget.
If, for example, you’re working on a smaller-scale operation, you may not need to go to the extent of a full team of security guards permanently on your site. Instead, you may benefit more from having a mobile security patrol that’ll check your premises at regular, scheduled intervals. This is most appropriate for sites that are out-of-town and not at immediate risk of opportunist theft.
However, these recommendations will be made upon a detailed and comprehensive site assessment, which you can book here.
Secure Site UK offers a range of security guarding options, and one of our specialist consultants can quickly and efficiently assess your particular construction site security needs to offer a cost-effective solution to suit your requirements.
All our security personnel are fully-qualified, CRB checked and licensed.
For further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an expert today.