What Smart Business Owners Know About Construction Site Security

The safety and warning signs are strategically posted throughout your construction site. Heavy equipment is in good working order. The design and layout of your site are set to maximize safety and prevent personal injury. But have you planned how you’ll protect your expensive heavy equipment and construction materials from fire, theft, and vandalism? An unattended construction site is open season for criminals. Smart business owners know that trained construction security guards from National Security Service are:

  • A Visible Deterrent

Thieves will often scope out a construction site as a target before actually robbing the property. They look for sites with lots of unused construction materials, poor lighting, tools and equipment in plain view, and sites with poor security measures. But construction security guards on-site are an excellent visible deterrent to would-be criminals who might think twice before vandalizing or robbing your site. Patrolling and monitoring by security guards and actively reporting any suspicious behavior before it occurs, gives you peace of mind.

  • Minimize the Cost of Potential Security Breaches

Construction security guards are trained to prevent, detect and report security issues they find while protecting your construction site including:

  • Fire

The cost of fire damage to structural property on construction sites in the U.S. is staggering. According to a 2015 article in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Journal, the largest fires in the country happened at six apartment complexes under construction in 2014.1 And twenty-five large-loss fires caused a total of almost $654.3 million in direct property losses.2 A random spark from a power tool, lightning, or arson can all cause fires, but a construction security guard on-site can immediately report a fire or deter a would-be arsonist from starting a fire in the first place.

  • Theft

An unprotected construction site is a dream-come-true for thieves who make their living stealing and reselling construction equipment and materials. Often organized gangs will steal heavy machinery at night, quickly dismantle it and sell the parts or ship them offshore. With the average cost of a bulldozer in 2014 being $368,0563, you can bet stealing from construction sites will continue to be a lucrative business for thieves. Sadly, you may be responsible for replacing that stolen equipment. A loss of that magnitude could make a pretty deep cut in your bottom line. According to a 2014 joint report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and National Equipment Register (NER), annual estimates of the cost of equipment theft vary from about $300 million to $1 billion.4 Protecting your assets by hiring construction security guards isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity.

Be confident you’ve taken every possible precaution to keep people and property safe on your construction site. Plan ahead. Call National Security Service before you start your next construction project.


1,2NFPA Journal, “Large-Loss Fires in the United States in 2014” by Stephen G. Badger, Nov. Dec. 2015.

3SME, “Construction Equipment Making the Grade, but . . .” by Kiera Outlaw and Kevin Young, IBISWorld, October 1, 2014.

4 NICB and NER, “2014 Equipment Theft Report”, Pg. 12.