Tips on How to Combat Construction Site Theft!
Construction sites are no exception when it comes to theft and it’s costing South Africa in the region of R1 Billion every year.
Companies are not only losing small items but also expensive tools and machinery with as little as 6% being recovered. In many instances identification numbers are removed and proof of ownership becomes impossible. Theft occurs daily – both in and out of work hours and it’s not just the assets that are lost. Projects get delayed, additional labour is required, unplanned equipment hire costs are incurred and insurance premiums get heavier.
DataDot manufactures various products depending on the requirements the customer. In each case microdots are brushed onto various locations on the business asset. The microdots are almost invisible to the naked eye but can be detected by using a UV light and magnifying device. It’s virtually impossible to locate and remove all the microdots, making it extremely difficult for thieves to sell your property without fear of being caught. Warning stickers and a warning board act as a further deterrent.
THEFT PREVENTION POLICY
Create a theft prevention policy to ensure that all employees and contractors know that the site has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to theft of tools.
Try and ensure that all parts of the construction site can be easily seen. Surveillance cameras allow your employees to monitor the premises and if clearly visible send a warning message to potential thieves. Cameras are also a source of evidence when there are no witnesses to a burglary.
KEEP SUPPLIES AT A MINIMUM
Try to schedule supplies to be delivered as needed and avoid having equipment or material onsite that is not being used.
Hire an armed response company to patrol the site after hours and to monitor who comes onto the site during the day. Limit the number of people allowed to essential personnel only. Erect a perimeter fence good enough to keep intruders out but also to allow for good visibility by the police or armed response company.
Ensure your entire premises is well lit – both inside and out and especially so around doors and other entry points. Outside lights and power sources will need to be protected with vandal-proof covers.
Store equipment in secure, lockable on-site storage units. Container-based storage is ideal for equipment, tools, PPE and even office supplies.