How to Secure Your Concrete Equipment From Theft

The control and supervision of a construction site or a concrete batch plant can be a challenging task, and theft prevention is often a low priority. However, the losses from vandalism and theft in the construction industry across Europe are estimated to be approximately £600 million each year.

Many construction sites, especially large sites with more than one concrete mixer and concrete pump on site, are hard to manage by their very nature. It isn’t always possible to fence off all areas and the high turnover of staff can lead to poor security records. Add to this the fact that a high proportion of construction site thefts are carried out by those working on site and you have a daunting problem to handle. However, handle it you must as protecting your concrete equipment and other assets are essential to business operations and your bottom line.

Construction sites often provide easy pickings for industrial thieves. It’s essential to see that the right precautions are taken to secure your concrete equipment from theft and vandalism. Many thieves are often on the lookout for items they can take quickly, so it’s common for larger items such as a batch plant, concrete pump or concrete mixer to be vandalised if they cannot be carried away.

How Controller Responsibility Can Improve Site Security

The on-site manager at a construction project is responsible for knowing who is contracted to be on site at all points in time. That means keeping good staff records, ensuring staff understand their responsibilities with regards to security, and implementing all means possible to keep the job-site and equipment secure. Many companies hire specialist security companies to handle security overnight and this can be an effective measure to deter thieves. High profile signage, security fencing and alarms are excellent deterrents and a sound investment if you have expensive concrete equipment on site.

For companies with large concrete mixer fleets, establishing controller responsibility can work very well. This puts the onus on the controller to maintain, secure and monitor every aspect of the concrete equipment they are responsible for. It’s also important for both job-site security and insurance purposes to keep an equipment inventory. All equipment controllers should be responsible for logging the retirement, replacement or handover of concrete equipment responsibility in an equipment dossier or logbook. Equipment such as a concrete mixer or concrete pump should also be routinely valued so that you always know the worth of any stolen or damaged equipment to inform your insurers.

Protect Your Concrete Equipment with CESAR Registration

Protecting your concrete batch plant and other equipment might be a challenge, but a unique equipment registration and security scheme known as CESAR aims to help reduce equipment theft. The scheme will also assist police and insurers to prosecute thieves and recover stolen equipment.

CESAR (Construction Equipment Security and Registration) was first launched in 2007 and is now the most successful scheme of its kind in the world. Over 75,000 machines including concrete equipment have been registered on the scheme which has backing from the UK police, Interpol, Europol, and the ERA.