3 Tips for Protecting Your Construction Site During a Shutdown (Part 2)

Tip 2: Optimizing Your Camera’s Features for Surveillance

Site cameras have many great features that can vary by brand and model. It’s important to know which features and capabilities your camera has and how to use them effectively for remote monitoring and security.

Video Motion Detection (VMD)
Cameras with VMD should be configured to alert you immediately to any motion detected on site so you can respond rapidly to trespassers. This is accomplished through push notifications via email or SMS text and can include user defined image and/or video clips to better inform your rapid response. This is key as law enforcement will often request video footage during their investigation of incidents of theft and vandalism.

Low-light Video and Image Capture
Cameras that include illumination and low-light capabilities provide an additional level of protection to nighttime site security, when jobsite and laydown yards are most vulnerable to crime. Leveraging these capabilities in conjunction with continuous video recording means comprehensive site coverage, day and night.

Continuous Video Recording
Cameras equipped with edge recording capability, such as a built-in digital video recorder (DVR), provide high-quality video documentation when sufficient ambient light is available (daytime or well-lit sites). As discussed above, site cameras intended for 24-hour security often offer motion-activated illumination, which allows your DVR to capture events at night or low-light scenarios. If 24-hour surveillance is a priority, consider upgrading to a security camera.

Still Image Capture
Most jobsite cameras include the ability to schedule still image captures. Schedule your camera to capture a jobsite overview image every 15 or 30 minutes for general monitoring. Still images provide visual markers to help you decide if you need to take a closer look. If your camera is equipped with a DVR, you can review the time period in question for more detailed intelligence.

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3 Tips for Protecting Your Construction Site During a Shutdown (Part 1)

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.

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