Key crime prevention tips
To prevent theft from a construction site:
- secure the site
- secure tools and equipment.
Tools and equipment theft checklist
Secure the site
To secure the construction site:
- lock buildings and storage containers
- install closed circuit television (CCTV)
- install audible alarms
- install good lighting
- employ a guard service.
Secure tools and equipment
To secure tools and equipment:
- Engrave or paint all tools and equipment with a driver's licence number or another unique mark.
- Photograph and/or record model and serial numbers.
- Lock up all tools and equipment overnight.
- Disable equipment at night by removing batteries.
- Keep records of the movement of materials to and from the site.
- Secure equipment in storage containers. Within the container, secure equipment with heavy duty padlocks or chains.
Other things you can do
What to do if your worksite has been burgled
If your worksite has been burgled:
- Do not confront the thief. Get out or find a safe place.
- Do not touch anything.
- Call your insurance company.
- For emergencies, to report a crime in progress, or for immediate police attendance, call .
- For non-emergencies, call the Police Assistance Line on or report online at .
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Reviewed 25 May 2023