Stealth Monitoring construction site cameras can help reduce materials theft. A trained video surveillance monitor can activate an on-site speaker to deter criminal activity. If the situation escalates, a security operator can call an on-site security guard, local police, EMS, or fire fighters.
Watch the Video: Construction Site Lumber Thieves Arrested By Police
At 5:07pm, a male in a blue jacket lingers outside of a construction site security gate. He walks away a few minutes later. A security monitor follows his movements with construction site cameras.
An accomplice arrives at the construction site. The surveillance operator watches the wood theft and calls the local police. One of the suspects walked on top of a concrete barricade.
Responding police officers arrive at the construction site and arrest the materials theft suspects.
Construction materials theft is a growing problem. An estimated $1 billion is lost every year. It has increased by 10% since 1996. The value of the stolen materials and equipment is just one element that factors into the financial loss. Other costs include materials replacement, extended contracts to finish the job, and security such as construction site cameras. Materials theft may also impact insurance premiums.
The most frequently stolen equipment are light work trucks and trailers. California has the highest rate of construction site theft, followed by Texas. Ford is the most common brand stolen.
Construction sites are easy targets for thieves due to inadequate security, open and accessible cabs, lack of product identification numbers/records, and unsecured locations during nights and weekend.
Thieves also target construction sites for copper and other types of metals. According to the FBI, copper thieves threaten the U.S. critical infrastructure. Metal theft has increased since 2006 and presents a risk to public and national security.
Stealth Monitoring and UCIT Online are the leader in live video surveillance in the U.S. and Canada with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. Stealth remote video monitoring watches over 16,000 security cameras and can detect and deter crime at multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, construction sites, and other types of commercial businesses. Our virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see unusual activity like materials theft and property damage, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.
Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information on construction site cameras. Visit Stealth’s web site to see actual videos of criminals being arrested at a range of commercial real estate properties.