Whether you are a property owner looking to protect your new build, or a building company looking to protect your assets, a construction site security camera might be the right solution for you.
In this article, we talk about what a construction site camera is, why they are needed, and what common features they have.
by Bryce Whitty
Bryce is a registered Security Advisor who started ProtectFind to help people get the right security system for their goals.
What is a Construction Site Security Camera?
If you have ever been to a new residential estate under construction or commercial building sites, you have likely seen a construction site security camera.
They are prevalent in the construction industry and are usually made up of a security camera, solar panel, electronics box, and mounted on a tall pole. They may have other features like strobe lights or floodlights.
Some of these on site construction cameras are movable, while others have their poles buried in the ground.
Why is Building Site Security Cameras Needed?
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology: (source)
- 39% of residential builders were affected by theft or vandalism.
- 65% of theft victims and 65% of vandalism victims had experienced more than one incident.
- On average, the value of the property stolen in the most recent incident was $2,009, and the value of the property damaged was $1,156
The most frequent stolen items were:
- Raw materials (61%)
- Small hand-held tools (46%).
- Whitegoods (17%)
- Heating/water systems (15%)
In some cases, items being left was the problem:
- Illegal Dumping- This can be expensive to remove, mainly if it contains dangerous materials like chemicals or asbestos
- People Filling your Skip Bins - You have to pay to get rid of other peoples rubbish
But it's not just about the criminals; these security camera solutions are also helpful for:
- Liability purposes - Was something left for someone to fall over? or was it fraud by the construction workers to get WorkCover compensation
- Disputes with builders - The security cameras might be able to prove who did a specific job and when
Common Features of Construction Site Security Cameras
Live view - Most security cameras allow you to log in to the camera system and see a live view.
Playback recorded footage on your smartphone - You will have access to an App or website that allows you to review past video footage.
Strobe Light - Some construction site security cameras have a strobe light that can be triggered to go off when there is motion detected. Some can be manually activated.
Flood Light - Some camera systems can turn on floodlights when detected motion. This can provide more light for the camera to get a better shot and switch the camera out of nighttime infrared mode and into colour night vision to capture colour detail (the car was blue, their jacket was red etc.)
4G Modem - No onsite internet connection is needed as site cameras usually have 4G modems to communicate with the internet. We have another article about the 4G connectivity here.
Solar Panels - No power is needed at the site, as most are solar-powered and make use of a battery
Construction Time Lapse Camera
A time-lapse camera at a construction site sounds like a "nice to have", but it is an essential tool in any construction project. Not for building site security, but for project management.
A time lapse camera will take photos at a set interval, every hour, every few hours, or even once a day.
Here is an example of a very short time lapse:
Consruction time-lapse cameras can be used for:
- Project Documentation - By looking at the time and date on individual pictures in the time-lapse, you can see when parts of the project were completed. For example, the concrete slab was poured, or the timber frame went up when the plumbing was installed.
- Evidence - A time-lapse camera can help solve WorkCover disputes as it could show whether the building team had adequately set up the required safety measures. If criminals stole some company assets, you could prove to the insurance company what and where the object was.
- Progress and Marketing - It is sometimes hard to see the progress of a project on day by day basis, so a time-lapse can demonstrate how the project is proceeding on a more macro level. The time lapse can also be shown to investors or potential buyers.
Other Uses for On Site Cameras
Hopefully, that clears up some of your questions about construction site cameras. If you still have any additional questions, you can email us here, and I'll be happy to answer them.
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