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Why All Construction Sites Need CCTV

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All construction sites face unique security challenges and safety issues, which is why WCCTV has designed rapid deployment CCTV systems to suit all sites.

Every construction site has its own unique set of security and safety risks - but regardless of their differences, every site can benefit from deploying CCTV cameras.

Common challenges construction sites encounter include trespass, vandalism, accidents and theft of equipment and materials, all of which can lead to expensive losses and project delays. 

Site crime remains a widespread issue for the construction industry, with a reported 6000 break-ins per year, resulting in up to £800m of costs associated with equipment loss and project delays.

WCCTV, the UK's leading supplier of Managed CCTV and services for construction sites, outlines the key reasons why all construction sites should install CCTV and how WCCTV can tailor its security solutions to meet your requirements no matter what kind of site you operate.

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So why do all construction sites need CCTV? Let's explore:

1. They are a Visual Deterrent to Criminals

The presence of CCTV cameras placed around a construction site can, in most cases, be enough of a deterrent to prevent trespass, vandalism and theft.

This can be enhanced by installing signs around your sites indicating that you have CCTV installed and by deploying CCTV systems with an obvious presence.

WCCTV's Rapid Deployment CCTV Towers are 7m high and painted fluorescent yellow - making them a uniquely visible deterrent to opportunist thieves.

WCCTV can also customise its CCTV Towers with integrated blue flashing lights, sirens and audio-voice down features. These unmistakable warning signs often provide more than enough of a deterrent to stop criminals in their tracks. 

The video below indicates the effectiveness of the audio challenge functionality:

2. CCTV Stops Crime on Construction Sites in Real-Time 

WCCTV’s rapid deployment CCTV Towers deliver real-time automated alerts of any unauthorised intrusions detected. 

We can send these alerts directly to our video monitoring partners, who will connect to the CCTV cameras to verify the alarm, issue an audio challenge, and, if required, dispatch police or mobile security guards to the site.

The example video below demonstrates the effectiveness of WCCTV's response time in protecting our client's sites. 

An intruder is detected by WCCTV's rapid deployment CCTV Tower; this verified trespassing incident is escalated to the police, who quickly respond and arrest the offender.

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3. CCTV Captures Evidence for Police Investigation

On occasion, the presence of CCTV cameras and signage will fail to deter criminal activity, or police/mobile guards may not be able to respond to the site quickly enough to catch an intruder.

In those cases, we can use the HD video footage captured by WCCTV’s rapid deployment CCTV Towers to provide vital evidence for police to investigate.

The video below illustrates such a scenario perfectly.

WCCTV's rapid deployment CCTV Tower detects an unauthorized vehicle approaching a worksite and records an intruder attempting to steal valuable plant.

He quickly gives up the attempt and leaves the site empty-handed, and the vehicle's number plate details are captured in full HD (redacted here) and forwarded on to both the client and the police to investigate.

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4. CCTV Helps Reduce Your Guarding Costs

When backed by remote alarm monitoring, a CCTV camera is effectively a virtual security guard. This combined solution delivers all the benefits of having a physical security guard on-site, but at anything up to 86%* cheaper.

In this instance, though, a reduction in cost doesn't mean compromising quality effectiveness or results. A modern HD CCTV system like WCCTV's rapid deployment CCTV Towers can spot incidents over a much larger area, even in low-lighting.

They capture video evidence, and, most importantly, they're always alert and never lose concentration. 

WCCTV has previously outlined the key benefits of remotely monitored CCTV for construction sites; click the link to read more.

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5. CCTV Helps Reduce Insurance Premiums

Enhancing your construction site security with CCTV cameras will naturally reduce the risk of theft and vandalism. This, in turn, can help reduce your liability claims.

Most insurance providers consider this favourably when calculating insurance rates and will offer significantly reduced prices to construction companies using CCTV in addition to other best practice security measures.

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6. CCTV Helps Improve Worker Safety 

With 79,000 accidents and injuries occurring on sites across the UK in 2019, worker safety is a major challenge for the construction industry.

Accidents can happen at any time and can still occur even if you have undertaken a thorough risk assessment at the outset of your project. 

CCTV cameras can provide the additional benefit of delivering project overview footage, allowing site managers and SHEQ managers to:

  • Conduct remote site audits

  • Review working procedures remotely and/or retrospectively

  • Manage site access (vehicles/pedestrians)

  • Manage access across site boundaries

  • Issue audio alerts

A live video feed from the site can help identify risks and hazards in real-time without the need to visit in person.

Click the link below for more information on how surveillance cameras help improve worker safety.

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Improve Construction Worker Safety with WCCTV

7. CCTV Can Document Your Construction as a Time Lapse Video

All of WCCTV's rapid deployment CCTV Towers are time lapse video ready. They capture high definition images of your construction, demolition or refit projects at personalised scheduled intervals based on project duration and type.

Our team of marketing creatives will professionally edit the recording and produce an engaging promotional video clip that will drive multiple PR and business development benefits for your construction company.

WCCTV has previously detailed why every construction site should have time lapse video cameras installed given the range of marketing and business development benefits they provide. 

You can view WCCTV Time Lapse Showreel for 2020 below, featuring some of our favourite and/or most high-profile projects:

WCCTV Construction Time Lapse Video Filming 

8. Cameras Help Protect Against Liability Claims 

Having CCTV installed at your construction sites can help protect from bogus insurance claims by collecting video evidence of how incidents occurred. 

They present the full and true picture of how any onsite event occurred and help resolve any claims quickly. 

9. Recorded Video Can Be Used For Retrospective Review 

The video footage captured by WCCTV'srapid deployment CCTV Towers is stored locally to an integrated 4TB HDD which can be accessed remotely at any time during the project. 

The footage can be used to review onsite processes, efficiencies and help improve working practices for future projects. 

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10. Managed CCTV Provides Complete Peace of Mind

Deploying a WCCTV rapid deployment CCTV Tower backed by remote alarm monitoring means that someone is always watching your sites when you're not there. 

Rather than worry about late-night call outs, having to check on your sites over the weekend or holidays - leave everything to our team of security experts and rest easy knowing your sites, assets and materials are in the best possible hands. 

Get in touch with WCCTV today for a no-obligation quote.

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11. A Solution for Every Site

WCCTV's bespoke construction site security solutions can accommodate any kind of site, and easily function whether you have on site power or require a self-powering solution.

All of our units contain 4G transmission technology, so it doesn't matter if you have onsite communications or Wi-Fi, and you don't even need to have somewhere to mount the cameras.

We back all of our CCTV systems with a managed service that covers equipment installation, alarm monitoring, response, maintenance, support and ongoing reporting - leaving you to get on with the project while we take care of the security.

Ready to find out how WCCTV's Rapid Deployment CCTV Towers can assist with site security? Get in touch today on 0800 470 4630 or email

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