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5 Must-Have Construction Site Upgrades To Bolster The Security Of Your Fencing

by April Carlson

Even if you've never experienced a single instance of someone breaking into or damaging your construction site in your career as a contractor, it's very likely to happen eventually because 92% of construction crews report being routinely affected by theft. All that damage adds up to millions of dollars of lost equipment and work delays per year, so it's definitely worth it to spend a little extra for a more secure site. These five additions all make the standard chain link construction fencing even more of a formidable security barrier.

Bottom Bars

Start with the most basic way of reinforcing the fence itself by making sure every section has a firmly attached bottom bar. This is a metal bar that attaches the bottom of the chain link  fencing to the intermediate posts, and it prevents thieves and animals alike from pushing the fence up so they can climb underneath it. Matching bars are usually installed at the top for permanent fences, but you might want to skip them on temporary construction fencing since a tall fence that flops back and forth at the top is harder to climb.

Outward Lighting

It's common sense to light up the interior of a construction site at night, even when no one's working, so it's easier to spot criminals and trespassers as they lurk around the heavy equipment and expensive materials. However, many site managers overlook the value of point lights outward to illuminate along the exterior of a fence line as well. It's especially useful to add outer lights to the fence if there are security cameras on adjacent buildings that could capture images of trespassers climbing the fence or if there are neighbors living around the site that could spot a prowler and alert the authorities.

Keep in mind that savvy criminals can disable lights when they can reach them. Bury the power lines running to the lights in a trench, or hang them high in the area where they're too hard to reach. Battery-powered site lighting may work best, as long as the batteries are mounted high with the fixtures so they can't be tampered with.

Secure Gates

Of course, the security of the tallest chain link site fence is only as strong as the gates installed in it. Aside from matching the height of the gate to the rest of the fence so criminals can't just jump the barrier, make your gates more secure by

  • Installing keypads that limit access to people who know the numeric code or have a magnetic keycard
  • Changing padlocks and combination locks on a weekly basis, or at least a few times over the course of construction
  • Choosing locks that are designed to resist the efforts of criminals to use bolt cutters to gain access.

Security Cameras

All the lighting in the world won't help you catch any evidence of who's stealing from your construction site if there's no one around to see what's happening. When hiring a security crew to patrol during the nights and weekend is out of the budget, let security cameras keep an eye on the site instead. Make sure you're investing in high definition cameras so that you get enough detail to actually identify who's breaking in. Even the best night vision cameras tend to capture a grainy and blurry photo, so use supplemental lighting instead of relying on the camera to work in pitch black instead.

Anti-Climb Devices

Finally, consider something a little less than welcoming to the top of the fence line to deter fence climbers. Barbed and razor wire strands are a classic choice, but some areas ban them from being used in public. If you can't add a physical deterrent to the top, look for chain link with the smallest possible openings to prevent climbers from getting a good grip. Aim for openings under an inch in width when it's available.

For the best results, work with an experienced construction fencing company like Statewide Rent-A-Fence