Are you planning to build a new home? What do you know about construction security? It’s never too soon to start thinking about protecting your household. Today, we want to share with you a few thoughts about new home construction security in the hopes that we can save you money, heartache and time!
Do You Need Construction Security?
In a word, yes! Anyone working in the construction industry will tell you that materials and tools are routinely stolen from sites unless they are properly secured. Thieves make money stealing everything from copper wiring to appliances and everything in between. When these items go missing, they are not only costly to replace, but they also cause delays, structural damage and more than a few headaches!
Secure Your Site With Good Fencing
Building a temporary fence around your entire property can be costly, we know. However, consider how much it will cost you if you have to replace valuable building materials or make repairs to structural damage created by thieves wanting to steal wiring and pipes? Then, add the cost of the manpower that you will have to secure in order to reconstruct parts of your building project and you’ll see that a fence is a small price to pay in an attempt to deter criminals from robbing you blind!
Security Cameras and Signage
When things disappear from a construction site, catching the sticky fingered criminal on tape means one less bad guy is out there targeting other homeowners…or even targeting your site for a second time! Just make sure that your surveillance equipment is made for the outdoors and that it has the right IP rating for where it will be placed. If you invest in equipment that allows remote surveillance, you’ll even be able to monitor your new home’s progress without having to actually visit the site. Just remember to place your camera equipment in a place where construction workers aren’t likely to bump into it or cause damage to it during the course of their work.
As your home’s structure progresses, you’ll want to install an alarm to protect it. Depending upon the square footage of the house, you may opt for a wireless or a hardwired system. In fact, if you have a large home and would prefer a hardwired system, then the construction phase is the best time to install it so that your wiring can be properly placed inside your walls then as opposed to having to drill through walls later.
Let There Be Light!
Lighting is a key layer of any security plan, but it is particularly important when it comes to construction security. Without lighting–even of the motion-controlled variety–a thief is able to do his dirty work in the dark when the construction crew leaves for the evening. A well-lit site, however, will certainly make a burglar think twice about tampering with your site for fear of being spotted by a neighbor or even a passersby.
We want you to move into your new home as soon as possible and a keen eye on construction security can help you do just that. If we left anything off of our list, please let us know in the comments section below. And if you need help securing your new home construction site, by all means contact us and we’ll do our best to assist.