Trending Tuesday: I see a small trend in burglary occurring at construction sites in the Foothills Area Command over the past week. These sites can be particularly vulnerable, as there are many different people coming and going and performing several tasks and many valuable tools, equipment and vehicles are left unattended at these sites at the end of the work day. Many workers who are there on the job may leave their personal vehicles or company vehicles unlocked or with valuables clearly accessible in truck beds, open tool boxes, unlocked vehicles, etc.
Here are few tips if you work at a construction site — these are just highlights, but a way to get you started thinking about security at construction sites.
- Know what you have, or you won’t know what you are missing. Do a complete inventory for all machines, tools, equipment and vehicles. Have a tracking system in place to know at any given time where something is being used. Mark your tools and equipment and keep a record in case things are stolen.
- If bringing personal tools or vehicles to the work site, have those employees also mark and record their personal property.
- Train employees — they are your eyes and ears on the site and they are often victims when tools or vehicles are stolen.
- Consider GPS trackers for your heavy equipment or vehicles (loaders, trailers, etc.). There are also alarm/lighting systems that can be installed on equipment and if it’s moved after work hours lights and an alarm will activate. Some can be monitored or alert to a mobile device.
- Neighbors: these people can be extra eyes and ears on property — have the supervisor reach out to the neighbors to let them know about the project, the hours of operations, provide contact information if the neighbors see anyone suspicious at the site when workers have gone for the day or if they have questions or concerns. Neighbors can be your allies.
- Valuables should be on site for as short a time as possible — don’t use the site as a storage area for other jobs/projects/tools/equipment.
- Keep the site well maintained – don’t provide a burglar with the boxes and containers they need to cart off your items. Clear away all trash so nothing can be ‘stashed’ in or under trash for someone to come by later and steal.
- Gates need to be locked or you may consider a private security guard for the project. Try to keep entry points to a minimum to better monitor activity.
- Alarms, lights, cameras, and any other security tools should be considered for after hours and weekends. There are so many types available, check into what works best for your situation.
- No Trespassing signs with the city ordinance should be posted at each access point; if you have trespassers, report them to APD at 242-COPS (2677).
- National Equipment Registry: a national equipment registry service at www.ner.net for a secure registry of stolen equipment to aid law enforcement and insurers with recovery of stolen equipment.
- Your local APD Crime Prevention Specialists can be booked for appointments to assess and recommend construction site security practices; each APD Area Command has one and this is one service of the many we provide for our communities.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, August 21st:
3 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block of La Charles Dr NE, 10800-block of Comanche Rd NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 10500-block of Copper Pointe Way NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 6500-block of Mariner Lane NE.
3 Auto Burglaries: 900-block of Pawnee NE, 12800-block of Copper NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries were not noted except for one smash & grab (breaking a window to steal what’s accessible inside the vehicle). Items stolen: cigarettes, make up, a passport.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command