What to Look for in a Video Surveillance System for your Construction Site

Submitted by: Cozette Crimp



If you’re tired of spending money on security guards who aren’t consistently preventing crime from happening on your construction site, you may be ready to consider a more effective alternative. There are options in today’s market that can guarantee your site remains safe from intruders and vandals, and (bonus!) that can actually save you up to 40% on security expenses! 

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Remote video monitoring allows for comprehensive site monitoring, thereby eliminating a number of common security issues. However, just like any other product, no two remote guarding systems are the same. Here are a few things to consider when finding a system that will truly work for you.

Here's what you need to look for in a remote guard for your construction site.


1. Buy a solution, not the equipment.

Plain and simple: technology is expensive and constantly evolving. Don’t get locked into an expensive purchase that will quickly become obsolete. A programming fee can be expected as the equipment needs to be customized to your site. HOWEVER, if a company is requiring you to purchase the equipment itself, that should be a red flag. Choose a company that will charge a reasonable (and fixed) monthly fee that covers the expense of any equipment replacements or repairs along with the monitoring.


2. The cameras should be programmed for video analytics.

Let’s consider the alternatives:

  • The average video monitoring system simply scans for movement. Such a system would definitely detect a burglar on site, but unfortunately it would also detect strong winds, a raccoon, or a stray balloon.
  • With on-site security guards, the main issues that come up are the inability to be in all places at once (consider the scope of most construction projects), as well as the tendency for guards to fall asleep on the job. If a guard can fall asleep in a car, the same can be assumed for guards watching cameras from indoors. Consider also how numb these guards can become to movement on cameras, when filtering through constant false alarms.
  • Video analytics remove the need for operators to filter through these false alarms because they filter the video feeds themselves. The monitoring station is only notified of a trigger when truly suspicious behavior is happening on site (e.g., humans or vehicles on site after hours). This means the operators can devote their full attention to true break-ins, and notify the police immediately.


3. Apprehension rates & response times should be accessible information. 

When buying a phone, you would want to know how it measures up to alternative options. Would you trust a company that did not disclose its statistics and features? When you consider the value of the assets you’re protecting with a security system, you should have access to just as muchinformation, if not more. If a company is unable to provide an average response time or statistics on its apprehension rates, how can you trust that intruders will be apprehended on your site? What about a company that doesn’t even keep track of these statistics? Look for a company that has this information readily available.
When looking for the right security service to protect your construction site, it’s important to find a system that is adaptable to your unique needs. While there are a number of different options in today’s security market, remote guarding provides 24/7/365 coverage at competitive rates, to help you focus on moving your project forward without the costly and unexpected setback of a break-in.

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