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Three Tips to Help You Find the Right Security Partner for Your Construction Site

Securing the jobsite starts with securing a partner that is right for your company's brand and values.
By Jamine Moton
March 5, 2024
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Every construction site holds more than the promise of a new structure—it holds millions of dollars in assets. Construction sites teem with activity by day, but by night they become quiet, empty spaces, leaving behind equipment, tools and materials that are prime targets once the crew leaves. The National Equipment Register puts it in stark terms: The industry loses around $400 million to theft annually, with less than 25% of stolen construction material ever recovered.

It’s clear that a vigilant security presence isn’t just a recommendation; it’s essential to guard the assets that are not just foundational to the project but also to the livelihoods of those who work there. But fences and cameras are just the starting point—true site security comes from a strategy that's as dynamic as the construction process itself. It must be meticulously planned, executed with precision, and adaptable to ever-changing site conditions.

When seeking a security partner for your construction site, it's essential to find a team that understands the unique challenges of the industry. They should provide more than basic surveillance; they should offer a comprehensive plan tailored to your specific site and needs. This plan should anticipate risks, safeguard workers and secure assets against the myriad of threats that could disrupt your operations. A good security provider will be proactive, not just reactive, and will have strategies in place to identify and mitigate risks before they become incidents.

As you consider your options, look for a security partner who will engage with you, understand the scope of your project and demonstrate their expertise in protecting construction sites. The right provider will offer clear, open lines of communication, educate you on potential risks and create space for feedback. They will be committed to a relationship that extends beyond the contract, showing genuine care for your project’s success and your team's safety.

While these security measures are indeed fundamental, they are just the tip of the iceberg. There are intricate and less obvious aspects that are crucial for robust jobsite protection.

OPERATIONAL AUTONOMY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The ideal security partner operates with a degree of autonomy that speaks volumes about their expertise. Such a team not only understands the security requirements of a construction site but is also well-versed in construction protocols—knowledge that can be just as critical after hours.

A keen eye for detail and a comprehensive understanding of site operations can prevent not only security incidents but also mitigate construction-related emergencies. For example, while on a routine patrol for Skylar Security, a guard identified a water leak at a construction site. The immediate response to contact the site manager not only saved the project from major potential delays and damages, but also exemplifies the vital role a security team plays.

Your security partner will often be the only presence on the jobsite during the vulnerable hours of the night, and their preparedness to manage potential construction emergencies is primordial for safeguarding the site's integrity and the project's timeline.

BRANDING AS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

When security personnel step onto your site, they represent your brand as much as they ensure its protection. As such, it’s important to choose a partner who is intentional about their presence. This means guards who are not only charismatic and adept at their roles but also embody your company's image—uniforms, vehicles and even business cards should mirror the professionalism and values you uphold.

Look for a security provider who collaborates with you in customizing the presentation of these security elements, ensuring that their presence seamlessly integrates with the surrounding community, thereby elevating the overall fluidity of risk management and customer experience.

COMMUNICATION AND FEEDBACK

Communication at the highest levels is another hallmark of a superior security partner. A provider worth their salt doesn't just send reports; they engage in meaningful dialogue with your executive team. This level of interaction demands emotional intelligence and the ability to navigate the complexities of C-suite communication. It's about building trust through transparency and responsiveness, ensuring that decision-makers are informed and involved in the security strategy that protects their interests.

Choosing the right security partner is an important decision with long-felt ripple effects for any construction company. It's about finding a provider who brings more to the site than just surveillance—a partner who becomes an integral part of your operation, contributing to the project's success and the wellbeing of all involved.

As you evaluate potential partners, consider these facets as non-negotiables for a relationship that will stand the test of time through the many challenges of the construction industry.

by Jamine Moton
Jamine Moton - Founder and CEO of Skylar Security

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