Stop Thieves in their Tracks - Hire A-Plant Accommodation Secure Site Storage
The construction industry is particularly vulnerable to theft from opportunistic thieves and protecting tools and valuable equipment is an important part of any construction site security strategy.
A construction site contains expensive plant, equipment and materials, often located within an exposed environment, making them visible to the public and passers-by.
In a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) examining the scale of crime in the construction industry, 92% of respondents reported that they are affected weekly, monthly or yearly by theft. The cost of having equipment stolen from site is significant, not just to replace the missing equipment, but also the cost of down time, project delays and increased insurance premiums. Implementing good security procedures is the only way to protect equipment and reduce the likelihood of theft. A fundamental part of these procedures should include a strategy to properly secure equipment when it is not being used.
Whilst secure site storage will help contractors to keep dangerous plant and equipment out of the reach of thieves and off the streets, secure storage also has the added benefits of keeping equipment and materials out of the wind and rain, keeping them maintained in a good quality condition whilst they are not being used.
So, what secure site storage options are available for construction sites?
There are a wide range of secure storage options available to keep your equipment safe. From the traditional and compact secure container units ideal for smaller pieces of equipment, to the large welfare style units which can be combined with other accommodation units (such as the canteen units) to provide a total site solution; there is an option for sites of all sizes.
The Secure Container Unit: The traditional secure container units are available to hire in a range of sizes starting at 10ft x 8ft, right up to 30 ft x 8ft.
These stores have double winged doors to allow easy access for a range of equipment, and they have important security features such as the galvanised locking bars and ‘Lock Blocks; which protect against pick, drill and saw attack and will prevent unauthorised duplication of keys.
These secure container storage units can be located on any hardstanding and hired in a number of configurations to make them suitable for holding and securing both large and small items of plant and equipment.
Secure Site Stores: Another secure storage option is the specially designed Secure Stores, which come in the following sizes:
- 10ft x 8ft
- 21ft x 9ft
- 32ft x 10ft
These units can be hired in different configurations to offer a huge variety of options for your secure storage needs. The sizes correlate with our other accommodation units within the fleet and they feature a specialised flat door, which means they can be stacked with the canteen or site office units to help save space on restricted sites.
These secure units have been designed especially for the construction industry, for example our 21ft x 9ft unit has been built to accommodate standard six-meter pipe lengths and two rows of 4ft x 2ft pallets. Made from anti-vandal metal, our units are fully weather resistant and can withstand harsh conditions to keep valuable plant and materials clean and dry. The Secure Site Stores have 2 key operated locks to ensure security.
What you need to consider before you hire a secure storage unit.
Is there a flat hardstanding available at your site? A concrete hardstanding is the ideal surface to locate your secure storage unit, but if your site doesn’t currently have an appropriate surface, we can also provide temporary surfaces or trackway as a solution. Our team can visit site to view the options and suggest the best way forward.
Which location is best? You will need to consider the location of the storage unit within the site compound and ensure you have adequate space to allow easy and convenient access for the items you intend to store. If space is restricted, the secure store can be combined in the overall accommodation set up, with other units stacked above it.
Delivery: It is important to consider what route the delivery vehicles will need to take in order to safely deliver the unit. Ensure there is adequate access and space to manoeuvre. The A-Plant Accommodation team will deliver the secure storage units directly to your site and our experienced team will safely unload them into the correct position.
What are the benefits of hiring a secure storage unit?
With the option to hire, you can assess on a project by project basis which units are required to ensure a cost-effective solution. You can be assured that due to high levels of investment in our fleet you will always get a well-maintained unit in excellent condition, providing an added level of protection to your valuable site assets.
Hiring a unit from A-Plant Accommodation means you will benefit from a fast and efficient installation process, allowing you to mobilise quickly and ensure equipment is secured from day one. Our team will handle every element of delivery and installation, meaning you will have no additional concerns over lifting plans or hiring equipment to move the units yourself.
And of course, if there are any problems with the storage units during the hire period, our engineers will provide a fast response time to rectify the problem or provide a replacement, ensuring valuable equipment is never 'left out in the cold'.
How to hire a secure storage unit from A-Plant Accommodation.
When planning your project, call our team for advice about which secure storage options is best suited to your requirements. Our team will always help to find the most cost-effective solution possible.
To hire secure storage from A-Plant Accommodation, you will need to have an active credit account. This is a simple process that can be completed by email or in a service centre location. You will need to provide references and confirmation of insurances and then your credit account can be approved and activated within 24 to 48 hours! Once your account is set up, you can hire from any of the 10 A-Plant Accommodation service centres located throughout the UK and also access the thousands of other products available to hire from across the specialist A-Plant divisions.
Other recommended security products to keep your site safe.
Of course, there are a variety of other recommended ways to keep your site secure and safe and to prevent unauthorised access. We advise our secure storage units are hired alongside these other useful products, all of which are available from the A-Plant product range:
- Secure perimeter fencing: Secure fencing makes it much more difficult for thieves to gain access, and our range includes heavy-duty systems with anti-tunnelling properties, traditional site hoarding and anti-climb fences.
- Security Lighting: A wide range of options are available to provide cost effective and sustainable lighting at your site location. A well-lit site makes it much more difficult for thieves to operate and acts as an excellent deterrent.
- GPS for Plant and Equipment: Speak to our team about the GPS trackers installed on our equipment, helping you to keep close track of its location and alerting you if it leaves your site compound.