Secure it, Keep it

Over €6m in tools stolen from construction sites in 2017

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Over €6m in tools stolen from construction sites in 2017

Secure it, keep it - advice from Gardai on how to reduce the risk of theft from construction sites.

An Garda Síochána and The Construction Industry Federation are taking a proactive role to crime prevention in the construction industry, which has historically has been targeted by criminals, with the launch of the Secure It, Keep It campaign.

Building sites are by nature easy targets for criminals due to the types of materials, tools and machinery on site. Construction crime can involve thefts from vehicles, burglary, unauthorised taking of vehicles, criminal damage and trespassing.

Speaking at today’s media briefing in Kinsale, Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan said, "The main objective of the ‘Secure It Keep It’ campaign is to create and maintain awareness both within the industry and with the general public as to the importance of site security, and the security of plant machinery, construction equipment, tools and materials. We are appealing to everyone involved to go to the Garda website and take the ‘Construction Site Checklist Challenge’. In particular, I would appeal for everyone to mark their tools and equipment in some way. Recently, Gardaí seized power tools from a car boot sale in the West Cork Division that had been stolen in Dublin. Thankfully the tools had the owners name engraved on them and they have since been returned. An Garda Síochána is very active in monitoring online marketplaces as well as car boot sales etc. for the sale of stolen goods.”

Here are a few simple tips to help keep your site more secure:

• Set up CCTV if you are going to be on site for a prolonged period 
• Good security lighting
• Fences or hoardings are effective and should be used whenever possible
• Keep the number of gates to site entrance to a minimum
• Localised temporary security alarms should be used.
• Control access to the site. Visitors must sign in and vehicle registration
   numbers given
• Cash should not be kept on site when possible
• Machinery should be left in a well-lit part of the site with the keys removed.
• Security locks and ground fixings are great for extra security 
• Keep a record of engine numbers chassis number, vehicle ID numbers etc.
• Store your tools in a secure area.
• Mark all of your tools with a unique identification number, photograph them and
  keep a record of it.  
• Report all thefts and suspicious activity on sites to An Garda Síochána