A recent report from Allianz Cornhill found that the UK Construction industry is losing £800 million per year in thefts from building sites*. These losses range from theft of equipment and heavy plant through to theft of aggregates, metal and even diesel.
Despite measures put in place to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen metals, metal theft is still a growing concern. Moves to make heavy plant look more distinctive have not improved outcomes after its theft. Less than 10% of stolen plant is ever recovered.
Lee Taylor of Alpha One Security Services Anglia said ‘our construction customers know their sites are vulnerable, especially over public holidays when many sites are left unattended. And this year with Christmas and New Year falling on weekends some sites may close down for up to two weeks leaving the thieves free reign.’
Gerry Taylor added ‘There’s still time for construction customers in Norfolk and Suffolk to get in touch with us to arrange for security services to be put in place for them over the Christmas break. A static guard with instant communication to our 24/7 Control Room will immediately alert police to intruders, giving you a fighting chance of retaining your plant or materials. After all CCTV is all well and good but it doesn’t stop the crime taking place – prevention really is better than cure.’
Working throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, Alpha One Security Services can offer a wide menu of services for you to select from depending on your premises and the property to be protected. These services can include:
- Uniformed Static Guards with cutting edge radio communication and bodycams to provide photographic evidence
- Mobile guard units with or without dogs
- Rapid Response to alarms from a 24/7 Control Room
- Full signage for sites giving members of the public the information to call in incidents
- Professional company with excellent customer service and rigorous standards of fitness of staff.
- Fully insured and all staff first aid trained.
- Many of our guards are licensed to use handcuffs for public safety.
Lee Taylor pointed out that there has been so much theft from building sites in Norfolk that Norfolk Constabulary even include a recommendation to Construction Companies that a static guard is essential at times when the site is not attended. ‘There’s only so much the police can do, they can’t be everywhere, but we can. Alpha One Security specialise in this important market and can always make recommendations to site owners to help keep their property safe. It’s our mission to ensure that your property is secure!’
*Source Building and Facilities Management