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Top 5 Essentials to Protect the Perimeter of Your Construction Site

When you think of construction site security what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many of you are probably thinking "fences" – and you're not wrong. When it comes to perimeter security on your construction site, a sturdy fence is probably the most cost-effective way to make sure intruders can't and don't enter your perimeter. Fences prevent criminals and thieves from easily accessing your construction site and stealing equipment, tools, and building materials.

But construction site security doesn't end when you put up a strong, tall fence.

In this week’s edition of the turnstile blog we are going to be taking a look at the 5 essentials to protect the perimeter of your construction site.

We mentioned fences earlier and yes, they are a given, but it never hurts to reiterate the importance of your first line of defense. When it comes to keeping your construction site secure from intrusion and preventing theft, a fence can provide both a physical and visual deterrent. A durable chain link fencing is not only a great idea but it's also easy to put up and tear down once construction has completed.

If you don’t have the time or energy to install this fencing on your own, hiring professional temporary fence installers is your best bet to a secure perimeter. They will have the expertise needed to ensure the temporary fence is installed correctly and will effectively secure your construction site.

Understandably, not all construction project managers are willing to depend on fences alone to keep their site and perimeter secure. Many site managers want to provide the actual physical presence of security guards at their site. Guard houses, guard booths, and guard offices make the perfect place for security professionals to do what they do. Climate-controlled and keeping guards out of the elements when necessary, guard houses may be equipped with access control technology, cameras, counter space, and any other security site requirement that security guards need to keep construction projects safe and secure 24 hours a day.

Access control technology? What's that? Access control technology can come in a wide range of hardware and software solutions. From the tracking of employees for time and attendance to the tracking of tools and equipment that can easily be tagged with RFID chips, access control technology can not only prevent theft but also help in the incarceration of thieves who are "brave" enough actually steal your stuff! While the type of access control technology you select for your specific job site may vary from one job to another depending on the size and scope of your project, we believe it’s been proven time and time again that no construction site security solution is complete without the implementation of some type of access control technology.

Have you ever walked right onto a construction project without even being approached by a security guard or having to pass through a secure turnstile or access point? No? Well, criminals have and do. Undeterred by an opening in a fence line and without having to produce identification granting them access to a construction site, criminals enter and exit construction sites everyday just "under the radar" and often walk away with thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and equipment. By utilizing turnstiles as security gates, construction sites around the U.S. are keeping their job sites safe from being entered by individuals who are out looking to steal tools, equipment, and other building materials.

The easy delivery of new tools, equipment, and building materials are essential to any construction project. Vehicle barrier gates like turnstiles work as deterrents for intruders in vehicles but also allow easy access for deliveries and shipments to enter your jobsite. A well marked delivery gate that allows for trucks to enter the construction site are just as important as the gate that allows workers to easily access the site on foot. Without the delivery of tools, equipment, and building materials those workers could be waiting for hours to get to work. The patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal is the perfect solution for incorporating vehicle barrier arms/gates into your perimeter security plan.

Have you heard that roughly, $300 million to $1 billion in equipment is stolen from commercial and industrial construction sites every year in the United States? The cost of implementing a perimeter security solution can be dwarfed by the loss of man-hours, time, tools, and equipment on an unsecure construction project.

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