This article was originally published in the November/December issue of Construction Savvy. Reprinted with permission.
My first construction boss told me everything he thought I needed to know about jobsite security. He said, “If it is not nailed down, someone will steal it.”
That advice holds true today but needs to be amended to say, “If it is not nailed down, stored in a locked secure container or tool box, behind an 8-foot-high chained and locked perimeter fence with 24-hour 360 video on a jobsite with one entry gate, a 24-hour armed security guard and dogs, it will be driven off, carried off or destroyed.”
In many cases, quoting one subcontractor, “Some construction jobsites are secure, but many are still like the ‘Wild Wild West’ where it is ‘may the lowest bid win’ and ‘winner take all’.” “Take all” means that they might take tools, equipment and building materials if you don’t have a jobsite security plan that prevents it. The industry rebound means you have to pay closer attention to the security and safety of your jobsite. Last year, according to industry sources, the industry lost over a billion dollars in materials and equipment theft. Read more » about ACT Now on Jobsite Security, Part 1 of 4