Although you may have a high degree of trust in your employees and a relatively positive view of society, you can't ignore the possibility of job-site theft.
Unfortunately, theft is most common on construction sites where tools, equipment, and materials are often left in the open where anyone can take them.
Strategies to Prevent Job Site Theft
- Keep the work site lit when it's dark out.
- Develop a relationship with the local authorities as well as neighbours around a new job site. They can help monitor the area when workers aren’t present.
- Surround the job site with a security barrier. Ensure you can lock any gates and limit the number of keys distributed.
- Have signs around the perimeter of the job site indicating “Authorized personnel only”.
- When possible store materials and equipment in a secured area on the job site.
- Hire security guards to patrol the job site during off-hours.
Tracking Equipment and Materials
- Inventory all newly purchased equipment and materials
- Inventory documents should include:
- Serial numbers
- Date of purchase
- Purchase cost
- Any other relevant information
- Photos of any larger pieces of equipment
- Implement a check out system for any company-owned equipment
Protecting Your Projects
Even if you take all the required steps to protect your job site you can still experience theft. You must speak with your broker to ensure you have the required coverage to protect you.
When it comes to protecting your job site, you can never be too careful!
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