Construction site thefts driving up project costs, research reveals

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A secure and reliable proximity card access control system designed to prevent unauthorized access, coupled with a high-performance CCTV surveillance system should be a must on every construction site manager’s checklist, given the fact that such locations are a prime target for thefts and vandalism.

In fact, a worrying 60% of construction sites experience vandalism on a weekly (18%) or monthly (42%) basis, costing the construction industry over £1 million per week, research published by industry experts was able to reveal.

The white paper suggests that a one-off single site theft can typically cost £50,000 in materials, plant & damage. This is because construction sites are perceived as ‘soft targets’ for arson attacks and metal thefts, with close to 209,000 acts of vandalism against business premises being recorded over the course of 2012/3.

Further data obtained from the research also suggests that, in 2012, over 1,000 metal thefts occurred each week from commercial properties in the UK, accounting for 1 in 6 of all thefts across all sectors.

Access Control UK employs a variety of access control technologies in order to create advanced solutions, enable users to exert solid, reliable and accurate control over the access to specific premises or zones.

If you’d like to find out more about the range of solutions supplied by Access Control UK, both in terms of hardware (smart card readers, biometric readers, turnstiles, etc.) and software (access rights management software solutions, etc.), just contact us, we’ll be more than happy to answer any queries you might have.

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