What is the Impact of Construction Site Theft?

Posted by Steve Mansell on December 26, 2017

Construction site theft can lead to monetary losses by increasing operational expenses. For example, if thieves steal equipment or parts, not only would the construction company need to replace them, the loss could prolong the length of the project. Did you know that theft can also negatively impact the surrounding area of a construction site? How can live monitoring help?

Construction Site Theft Leads to Street Flood

Around 11:00 p.m., emergency workers called the city project manager in charge of water and sewer construction. Someone attempted to steal the copper wire from a curb stop at a construction site in Ontario. The stolen valve exposed water pipes at a street intersection. After the valve was removed, water flowed freely and sprayed into the street. Emergency workers turned off the water some time later.

The city project manager said construction site crime is very common. Every night, there are lots of break-ins. Thieves frequently target copper pipes to re-sell for a profit. Tools can also be sold easily because many owners don’t record serial or model numbers. Frequently, the value of the stolen goods is significantly lower than the cost of repairs and replacements.

In the past, construction sites stored equipment and materials in trailers, but criminals are getting smarter. Now they bring tools to break into a construction site, no matter what kind of lock is used. A local police sergeant said it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of construction site thefts that have occurred in the city.

How Can I Deter Construction Site Theft?

A customized video monitoring solution can help deter construction site theft, vandalism, and trespassing. Trained remote video monitoring operators can watch your property in real-time. If they see something suspicious, they can activate a speaker warning and notify the local police. Oftentimes, the speaker warning is enough to scare off would-be criminals.

UCIT Online and Stealth Monitoring are the leader in remote video surveillance in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 11 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. UCIT proactive video monitoring watches over 17,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. UCIT’s remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact UCIT today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the UCIT web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.