A Guide to Installing CCTV For Building Sites

Every construction site presents a variety of specific security risks that require attention and solutions. Regardless of the type of security risk that a site presents, video surveillance is an imperative form of protection. Often construction sites are quite large and can be busy with various activities and lots of professionals from contractors to employees. Heavy machinery may be involved in moving heavy or oversized materials. 

This environment can be an open invitation for vandals and thieves, as well as a perfect stage for accidents. In this kind of situation, CCTV is a vital instrument for ensuring the safety of workers and the security of property at the site. The installation of closed-circuit television at a building site permits security personnel to monitor activities and identify potential problems and safety threats and intervene promptly.

CCTV also works as a deterrent for acts of vandalism or theft or provides authorities with an investigative tool if vandals or thieves strike the site. It’s essential for good protection of building sites and for the many professionals that work at them.

CCTV Security Cameras

There are three principal kinds of commercial CCTV camera systems used:

  • DVR or digital video recording systems. These are wired analog cameras and are generally less expensive.
  • NVR or network video recording systems. These cameras connect wirelessly or will employ ethernet cables.
  • IP cameras. IP cameras need electricity to function together with an internet connection. These will store video feeds on the cloud and videos can be accessed through a website or app.

Within these camera system categories, various kinds of cameras can be used:

  • IP Pan, Tilt, Zoom Cameras. These are usually HD and weather-proof, making them ideal for wide areas outdoors.
  • Battery-powered wireless cameras. If electricity is a problem, these run on rechargeable long-running batteries.
  • 4K Live cameras. These offer live streaming of site activities.
  • Floodlight cameras feature motion detection, night vision, and audio recording.
  • Night vision cameras. These are ideal for low-vision situations or zones and integrate infrared technology.
  • Remote cameras can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Solar-powered cameras. They require no wiring and run on power provided by the sun.
  • Time-lapse cameras. These cameras capture images based on intervals and then form a video.

Why Should Building Sites Install CCTV?

While the obvious reasons are safety and security, several reasons make CCTV indispensable for building sites.

Prevent crime in real time

Cloud-based CCTV can include security cameras with motion sensors that alert management and security personnel or local authorities when a building site is entered by unauthorized persons preventing criminal acts and damage. 

Prevent vandalism or theft

Often, it’s enough to have visible security cameras to deter vandals or thieves from even attempting to enter a building site. Expensive equipment and machinery as well as materials can be tempting, but with cameras monitoring the site, is it worth it? Recorded video feeds can provide crucial evidence to authorities to apprehend criminals and recover stolen property.

Reduce insurance costs

Considering that CCTV can now be cloud-based, it is best used in tandem with security personnel, but it gives the option for security personnel to work from anywhere. Insurance providers may also lower premiums for businesses with CCTV installed.

Prevent accidents

CCTV allows security personnel to monitor building activities and spot potential safety risks or threats quickly.

Analysis of security

CCTV permits managers to check deliveries and times as well as monitor if workers are wearing adequate safety gear during the building. Video feeds can also prove to be priceless in the event of liability claims and serve management well to improve efficiency and safety.

Cloud-based remote viewing

A cloud-based CCTV will allow managers to monitor and manage building sites by viewing remotely without needing to be present on site.

Where Should CCTV Cameras Be Installed?

Because building sites are in constant evolution, there will be new areas that are vulnerable to safety and security risks. This can be challenging when installing CCTV. Still, several areas should not be left without video surveillance. These include:

  • Storage facilities and deposit areas. CCTV in these zones can help significantly in deterring theft.
  • All secluded or poorly lit areas where security personnel may not be able to watch. Wire-free multiple-camera systems can eliminate blind spots.
  • Unloading docks or stations to prevent cargo theft.
  • Doors, windows, or any entry points to the building site.

What to Consider for CCTV Installation?

When Installing CCTV, it’s important to consider:

  • The size of your building site
  • Your security budget

The size and scope of your building site will determine the kinds and number of cameras necessary to protect your site. Budget will also be a crucial factor. Advanced solutions that include motion detection or biometrics will be more costly.  In any case, CCTV is a vital instrument for the protection of building sites no matter how large or how remote.

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