Thieves and vandals see construction sites as easy targets and, as such, the cost of theft and vandalism to construction is vast. Here we explore ways in which you can prevent theft and vandalism from occurring on your construction site:
Expect It From The Outset
The likelihood of theft or vandalism occurring on your construction site is huge, so you must expect it to happen. This will allow you to prepare with appropriate places to lock equipment up and will allow you to order the appropriate security systems, too.
Hiring anti vandal cabins will give you a secure place to lock tools and will also prevent the vandalism of these modular buildings. Ensuring your site has secure high-fencing all the way around will also help to keep the vandals and thieves at bay during the work.
Create A Site Security Plan
To maintain security, you will need a security plan that involves all employees and all managers. You cannot just hope that the site will be secure; instead, you need to set up a policy that ensures equipment is locked up and secured when it is not in use and that all of the gates and entrances are securely locked before the site is closed down.
Marking all of your tools, machinery and even materials will make it all far less attractive to steal because it will be easily traceable back to you. This process may be time-consuming, but it will act as a deterrent and will also make it more likely that you’ll be able to recover any goods if they are stolen.
Collaborate With The Locals
Vandalism is most likely to be carried out by local teenagers and you can collaborate with the neighbourhood watch to discourage and prevent this. While this won’t stop all vandals from trying to cause trouble, the locals will be less likely to hop the fence if they know their neighbours are watching. Locals can also help by reporting suspicious behaviour in the area.
Keep Clear Records
Keeping records of everything that is signed in and out of the site will also help you to recognise any discrepancies immediately and will help you to effectively keep track of everything. Failing to do so may leave you discovering that items are missing weeks after they were stolen.
To find out more about how our anti vandal cabins could be the solution you’re looking for, contact us at Excel Modular today.
Posted on 26th Jan 2018 12:04:34 by Micheala.Martin
Modular buildings don’t have as much positive press as they deserve. People have looked down their noses at them as being insubstantial, impermanent or simply inferior, but the world has changed. It’s faster, smarter and greener than before - just like modular buildings.
Construction of the modules can occur at the same time as construction on site, cutting time to completion in half. While groundworks are being done, foundations are being laid and services are being brought to the site, the building is being manufactured in the controlled environment of the factory.
Generally, 60-90% of the work on a modular building is done before it reaches site, so the traditional delays because of the weather are eliminated. These may include days where it is too cold to pour concrete or too wet to do groundworks, but also includes delays where icy roads may prevent materials getting to the site.
Designing modular buildings relies on advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) to produce the most energy efficient and cost-effective designs, meaning designs are smarter and at the cutting-edge of the latest technology. It’s safer for workers because indoor assembly is inherently less dangerous. The materials are dry, so less moisture is trapped within the fabric of the building, reducing the potential for problems with damp, mould, rot or condensation.
The specifications are just as tight as for traditional build, and, once the buildings are finished and on-site, most people wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. They are infinitely versatile and can fit any space, singly or in multiple units, or they can attach traditional buildings together. What does distinguish modular from traditional is the cost: modular works out at a fraction of the build cost, because there’s no waste and no delays.
Because there is less disturbance on site, the underlying subsoil isn’t too greatly compacted and neighbouring properties suffer less disruption. Modular buildings are also the ultimate in recyclability. They are assembled on site and can be just as easily disassembled and relocated, or repurposed if a change of use is required.
Even during production, there is less waste: precise cutting patterns are produced at the design stage, so the most efficient use of a sheet of ply or length of timber is known from the start. There is also no risk of materials being affected by damp or temperature fluctuations during construction.
All in all, if it’s fast, smart and green, modular has to be a good thing. For more information on our cabins, modular buildings, customized containers and portable jackleg units, contact us at Excel Modular Buildings today.
Posted on 10th Jan 2018 12:47:47 by Micheala.Martin