Construction theft is a major problem throughout the United States. Equipment and tools are left at the site for convenience and if not protected become a target. Here are some action points and ideas to reduce your risk.
30% -85% of the theft is from someone that you authorize to be on your job site. An article in allBusiness lists six bullet points to protect yourself from employee theft.
- Understanding The Job Site “Theft Rationalization Impulse”
- Adequate Background Checks
- Eliminate Easy Opportunities to Steal
- Honest Communication with Employees on Site
- Create “Employee Awareness” Programs
- Establish Regular Drug Abuse Checks
Point 3 from this article really sticks out. It talks about ways to eliminate opportunities to steal. It also mentions setting up alarms and checking your perimeter for access points.
Alarms are an effective deterrent against crime. By setting up alarms around the perimeter of your construction sites, it reduces the total risk of construction theft, both by employees and by thieves outside your employee network. Alarms cause an instant reaction in the mind. Would be criminals in the offense are immediately placed in the defense, thereby giving them a second chance to rethink their choices of committing that crime.
Another effective means of deterring crime includes setting up visible security cameras within the same perimeters of the alarms. If the security cameras are visible to the thieves, it will reduce the risk of construction theft by reducing the impulse to steal and replacing it with the fear of being caught.
An added benefit to installing cameras is you now have the resources to identify the construction thieves. In MEMPHIS, TN, four men are accused of stealing millions of dollars’ worth of construction equipment .
Start being proactive and protect your equipment from theft.