Tip 1: Using Your Site Cameras for Remote Monitoring & Security
Like many industries, construction has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most major cities have shut down all but essential construction projects, with more likely to follow. As a GC, project manager or superintendent one of your main concerns during this time is protecting your construction site and limiting unnecessary expenses. If your project is temporarily shut down you may be leaving your site, tools and equipment, open to theft and vandalism.
The National Equipment Register estimates that $300 million to $1 billion dollars’ worth of construction equipment is stolen each year, and that’s when job sites aren’t left unattended due to a shutdown. The good news is that many project managers already use site cameras for remote monitoring and progress documentation. During a shutdown, utilizing these cameras for safety, security and monitoring is a smart and cost-effective strategy for protecting your construction site from expensive losses. The key is in thoughtful positioning.
Protect Your Assets
Ensure your site cameras are strategically positioned for comprehensive coverage of the build site, laydown yard, trailers, and heavy equipment.
Monitor Site Entrances
Trespassers may be on your site for reasons other than theft, such as illegal dumping, shelter or mischief, which can lead to vandalism. Placing visible cameras near each entrance or corner of the site can deter such trespassing.
Visible Yet Inaccessible
Make sure your cameras are inaccessible to potential criminals but clearly visible and operational. This means mounting your camera on a pole or nearby building. If the site doesn’t have adequate mounting options, there are convenient alternatives available such as portable telescoping poles or portable trailers that can deploy up to three camera systems at once.
Return next week for Tip 2: Optimizing Your Camera’s Features for Surveillance!