Our temporary security services have a wide range of applications:
Security on Construction Sites: Theft is a constant threat on all construction sites, and the more remote the site, the higher the risk. Loss of valuable equipment can make it challenging to make sufficient profits on a project. Additionally, theft creates delays and interruptions in the construction progress resulting in lost profits.
Body of Water Security: public parks, hotels, apartment complexes, neighborhood community golf courses, and lakes and even some construction sites, have large areas of water where the public has often unimpeded access. These places are vulnerable to drownings because they don’t usually have active lifeguards on duty.
Critical infrastructure including private utility companies, state and local utilities, railways and water/wastewater systems are vulnerable to vandalism and potential terrorist attack. They may have large permanent security video, intrusion and access control systems in main offices and other brick & mortar locations. However, they may also have remote locations and substations that are often under-secured due in part to the lack of power and internet access in those locations.
Our Remote Services include:
- Remote video event and response verification 24/7
- Video monitored openings and closings
- Video “guard patrols”
- Remote video escort
- Site Audit monitoring
Construction Site Planning
- Establish a job site security plan that outlines safe ways employees can report suspicious behavior or internal crime to management.
- Clearly define company policies on how criminal activity will be dealt with.
- Foster security awareness among all workers in your company and on your construction site.
- Nurture relationships between yourself and managers of neighboring properties to report any suspicious activity you may see on each other’s property.
- Lighting: Motion-censored or extra lighting can deter theft. The more light the better the deterrent.
- Barriers: Perimeter or asset specific fencing makes it more difficult for thieves to enter your site, or to get assets out. However, bear in mind that screening on fences give criminals privacy to do their deed if they do penetrate the fence. Check fences at the end of each day to ensure all panels are securely upright and anchored. If theft is internal, someone working on your site during the day may create an easy access point by night.
- Keep your construction equipment in well-lit, fenced-in areas.
- Utilize “No Trespassing” and security signage on fences and gates.
- Controlled access to the jobsite: Have as few entry points to your site as possible. On site entry/exit verification
- Keep your site locked after hours.
- Prevent the Loss of Tools and Materials
Engage Remotely Monitored Video Surveillance.
File a police report – ALWAYS. Even if it’s just a few hundred dollars in missing items. This will make things easier down the line should your items be discovered. It may also result in an increase of patrols around your site by local law officers. Police reports also help local police departments budget for more officers and/or allocate resources to certain areas of the city. Police reports can be filed on line and over the phone in most jurisdictions.
Be aware that filing a police report is the end of most theft investigations. Most jobsite thefts that get reported to the authorities get no further than a police report. Lack of obvious clues to follow and a fresh, daily case load make it impossible for local police to devote valuable resources to these cases. As a result, most stolen goods are never recovered. For larger, more costly items, you might consider hiring a private investigator.
Take an accurate inventory. Ask all subcontractors on the site to make a clear list of what’s missing and where it was before it was taken. Identify points of entry and all areas that show signs of disturbance
Notify pawn shops, used tool & equipment stores, recyclers and used building material outlets such as Habitat Restore or Second Chance. Let them know what to watch for as thieves try to dump things quickly at some of these venues.
Secure the site
Review what construction site security measures you have in place and if you need to make changes. If you suspect thieves have stolen spare keys, change your locks right away.
Regardless of the level of security you choose to employ, it is prudent to be prepared for possibility of theft in a way that will reduce your headaches and help you get on with “business as usual” with minimal loss of time and money.
The advantage of having a live guard on site is their ability to physically lock/unlock doors or gates, help direct visitors/subs/suppliers/owners entering the site to the area they need to be, assisting in site maintenance i.e., picking up trash and stopping and/or reporting site rule violations in real time. And occasionally an insurance company may require a human guard presence.
Liabilities and their solutions:
- Liability: Guards are limited in coverage by their field of view. This is exponentially challenging when patrolling a large property. While at one end of the property, the guard will likely miss an event at the other end.
- Solution: Using strategically placed cameras, Live Remote “Guards” have the ability to view multiple critical areas of a property simultaneously, they can then activate an on-site speaker warning and deploy authorities that will prevent significant losses. The remote monitoring operators can also alert the guard if you elect to use on site manpower. This is called “Integrated Security”
- Liability: After an event, police must rely on the guard’s memory of what took place. This makes it incredibly difficult to uncover the details of the incident.
- Solution: Video Surveillance provide a time stamped video of an entire event. Live remote guard systems are supplemented with video analytics that can yield detailed reports providing you with valuable insights and video evidence. With a comprehensive live monitoring system, you will have all of the evidence needed assist law enforcement with recovering your property or winning compensation in court
- Liability: While security guards are given the jurisdiction to use reasonable force in the event of a physical altercation, this can be open to interpretation. Such use of force by a civilian security guard can result in assault charges filed by the opposing party. Guards are vulnerable to attack/assault by intruders as well. In either case, should there be injuries sustained by either side, the party who hired the guard will potentially be exposing themselves to litigious action from the injured (or surviving family).
- Solution: Video Security systems can be equipped with audio for the remote “guard” to interact with an intruder while they roll police from a safe distance. Live remote guard systems are equipped with surveillance technology similar to that used by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security that proactively looks for irregularities and visual clues to alert monitoring stations. This constant and consistent stream of proactive alerts keeps station professionals prepared to take immediate action. Simply put, they’re not waiting for something to happen; they’re continuously analyzing and reacting.
- A live unarmed guard ranges from $15.00 to $25.00 an hour. Based on $20.00 per hour (mid-range), nights & weekends (108hrs wk.) and 4.2 weeks per month, the cost of one live guard on site will be approximately $9k per month.
- The cost of one video system is, on average, $1500. per month. You would need 2 to 4 of these video systems on a typical job site to provide coverage of the whole site so the cost will run approximately $3000. to $6000. per month.
That’s an average of $4500. savings each month, so you’re looking at a savings of over $54K on a 12-month project, for full site coverage during and after working hours with live remote guards off hours and time stamped video of entire events.
On rare occasions a “boots on the ground” guard is required. Focal Point Security will work in tandem with the guard company of your choice. We call this “Integrated Security”. We deploy video and coordinate guard patrol patterns as well as coordinate guard/monitoring operator activities to increase the level of security. This high level security will keep your ”on the ground” guard awake and safe, and still save you money (cutting down on the number of guards needed to properly secure your property).
The short answer is ‘Yes’. Sometimes a “Boots on the Ground” human presence is required. The advantage of having a live guard on site is their ability to physically lock/unlock doors or gates, help direct visitors/subs/suppliers/owners entering the site to the area they need to be, assisting in site maintenance i.e., picking up trash and stopping and/or reporting site rule violations in real time. And occasionally an insurance company may require a human guard presence.
However, guards are limited in coverage by their field of view. This is exponentially challenging when patrolling a large property. While at one end of the property, the guard will likely miss an event at the other end. Using strategically placed video cameras, Live Remote “Guards” have the ability to view multiple critical areas of a property simultaneously. They can then notify the “boots on the ground” guard, activate an on-site speaker warning and/or deploy authorities all of which will prevent significant losses.
When you combine guard and video surveillance, police won’t have to rely on the guard’s memory of what took place when an incident occurs. Focal Point Security’s Video Surveillance provide a time stamped video of an entire event (not just short clips). With a comprehensive live monitoring system, you will have all of the evidence police will need.
Human guards are vulnerable to attack/assault by intruders. Should there be injuries sustained, the party who hired the guard will potentially be exposing themselves to litigious action from the injured (or surviving family).
Focal Point Security will work in tandem with the guard company of your choice. We call this “Integrated Security”. We deploy video and coordinate guard patrol patterns as well as coordinate guard/monitoring operator activities to increase the level of security. This high level security will keep your ”on the ground” guard awake and safe, and still save you money (cutting down on the number of guards needed to properly secure your property).
As the cost of materials and equipment continues to rise, unsecured job sites present a low risk, high reward opportunity for thieves. Preventing Crime on Construction Sites can make the difference between making a profit or suffering a loss. We, at Focal Point Security, want to give you some guidelines and checklists for Preventing Crime on your Construction Sites. In the meantime, here are some items to take note of.
- Equipment on wheels and tracked loaders. On one hand, wheeled construction equipment that is newer than five years is much sought after. That is because newer equipment with fewer operating hours will have a higher resale value for thieves. On the other hand, older models are attractive to thieves as well. They are less likely to have any type of telematics systems or GPS tracking that can be used to recover stolen equipment.
- Towable Equipment such as Light Towers, Generators, Welders and some Video Systems that are designed for towing.
- Tools (Large and Small)
- Lumber has become a huge target for theft since the economic down turn due to covid, you may have heard it said “Lumber is the New Copper”.
We strategically place highly mobile, yet stationary, poles for the best overall coverage to meet the customers unique site needs such as:
The Building Under Construction
Machinery Line Ups
Materials (laydown yards)
Bodies of Water (ponds/pools)
The FPS camera standards are a mix of high-resolution, weatherproofed, IP (Internet Protocol) fixed, Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) and thermal cameras. When needed for very dark areas or longer detection distance requirements, we use thermal video cameras along with independent high distance IR (infrared) lighting, that provides coverage superior to IR lighting that is built into most cameras.
Our basic pole system includes:
- A Highly Mobile System, loaded with:
o 4 fixed IP cameras
o One strobe light
o Solar & battery technology, for stand-alone capability
- An Intimidating Appearance
Eco-Max: designed for applications that require a heavy load or high wind resistance (90mph).
Eco-Mini: designed for ease of installation (reducing cost and support requirements).
Eco-Camera Box only: designed for use on customer provided poles, trailers or buildings with power (saving you the cost of our solar power).
Either the Eco-Max and Eco-Mini are moved onto your property with wheels that are then easily removed for security purposes, and easily re-installed for relocations as needed.
Our systems utilize technology that is completely self-supporting requiring very little to no maintenance while the system is on your property. Designed to be eco-friendly, our systems use solar power and batteries for up to two days of standby power in the case of no sun for solar regeneration
We provide programming, set-up, and maintenance support for all of our systems at no additional cost. Systems are provided to customers on short- or long-term basis as is required, and are included with monitoring and data services.
Focal Point Security provides a Security Monitoring & Response Service for a monthly fee. Each application is unique, therefore the equipment we use is unique to your needs. Please, contact us for a quote at 623-687-4045.