Are you a project manager looking for a job site security camera rental option in order to protect your construction site from thieves? According to the National Equipment Registry (NER), the estimated yearly losses from construction site theft range from a conservative 300 or 400 million dollars to over a billion dollars. Considering these appalling statistics regarding the theft of tools and equipment, you need all the affordable help you can get!
In this quick guide, we’ll discuss the various aspects of securing construction sites and some solutions for improving your job site security. Some of these solutions are permanent while others are there for only as long as you need them.
Improving Your Jobsite Security
Theft isn’t the only type of loss that can occur on your construction site. Vandalism and wanton destruction of property are also responsible for significant losses. There are also ‘nuisance crimes’ like simple trespass and squatting that can cause safety concerns and a poor public image of your company.
Worksites full of busy workers, hazardous tools, and heavy machinery are dangerous enough. The last thing you need are unwanted visitors or semi-permanent ‘guests’ hanging around! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to deter both accidents and unwelcome visitors.
- If at all possible, install adequate fencing and sturdy locks. Also, install perimeter security lighting whenever possible.
- Organize and store smaller tools in well-designed and secure job site tool lock boxes. Also, keep an up-to-date inventory of all tools and check it regularly. Employees are less likely to walk off with a tool if they know you’ll soon miss it.
- Post plenty of signs. According to the ProConstruction Guide, these should include both ‘No Trespassing’ signs and other signs with warnings about security systems, emergency numbers where witnesses can report crimes, and the amount of the reward you’re offering.
- Don’t forget signs reminding workers of best practices. Consider signs an important part of your safety equipment arsenal.
- Drive past the job site at random times, especially late at night and on holidays.
- Heed the old adage of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Take tools home at night, store materials inside, cover or disguise anything you can’t store securely. Thieves are more likely to grab something they can easily identify as valuable. Anything you can do to make them work to identify or find valuables on your job site will help discourage them.
Keeping an Eye on Your Jobsite
You may be reluctant to install a video surveillance system because of the cost. However, a system will pay for itself in theft reduction, lower vandalism costs, and the peace of mind of knowing your job site is still protected even when you’re not there.
Choose a system with reliable cameras that cover a wide area. Durable, portable cameras that are easy to set up will allow you to move them to where you need them most, either within the job site or from one job site to another.
At Mobile Video Guard, we offer systems that operate on the grid, from a generator, or that are solar-powered.
The Types of Equipment Available
Setting up a jobsite security system can seem like a daunting task. However, choosing the right type of system is half the battle. Choices range from recorded video that provides evidence in accidental injury or criminal cases to live-streaming that can deter criminals in the act. A video security system that combines recorded, time-lapse video along with live-streaming during critical hours is ideal for protecting your job site.
Video surveillance units that are also equipped with remotely-activated loudspeakers and flashing red & blue strobe lights will send startled thieves running. Such deterrence is even better than recorded evidence when it’s used against vandals and arsonists!
Should You Buy or Rent?
Are you considering whether to purchase or rent your security camera system? There are pros and cons to each option. We’ll discuss some of those pros and cons below.
Owning Your Own Equipment
If you purchase your own video surveillance equipment, you may be able to amortize it for tax purposes. However, there are other aspects you need to keep in mind.
- Do you have the knowledge needed in order to choose equipment that will give you the coverage and quality of video you need?
- Do you know how to install it properly or will you need to pay a professional to do it for you?
- Who will monitor the surveillance video to stop thieves or vandals in the act? Will you need to hire an in-house security monitoring team?
- Are you prepared for the time and expense of replacing the equipment if it breaks down or becomes obsolete?
Renting Your Surveillance System
For the sake of convenience and time-saving, nothing beats a job site security camera rental! When you rent a video security system, you can leave everything to the professionals.
- Security experts will evaluate your job site and choose the appropriate type and number of cameras for your particular setup. They’ll also select the installation locations that will provide the most effective security coverage.
- You can rent one of our systems for as long as you need it. We don’t require a long term contract.
- Experienced law enforcement professionals will provide live remote monitoring of your video surveillance from 6 pm until 6 am to help ensure that thieves are stopped in their tracks and vandals are deterred before they have a chance to act.
- When you rent your security system, you don’t have to pay for professional installation or in-house monitoring. Those savings can more than offset any benefits you may realize from amortizing purchased equipment.
Let Mobile Video Guard Handle Your Jobsite Security
We provide the expert video surveillance you need to ensure that your valuable tools and equipment don’t disappear from your job site overnight or on weekends or on holidays. An effective rental security system will protect your property, your employees, and your bottom line. Contact Mobile Video Guard for more information and pricing for a professional job site rental security solution.