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Job Site Security (post #210531)

I am sure everyone has had one of these at one time or another, but one of my sites has been a constant head ache.

In a span of 3 1/2 mnths I have had 3 break ins. This last one was the most damaging. 

Would love to hear from anyone who has found anything to be actually usefull or successfull in securing jobsites. The first two were in demo stage, and pre window installations so the theft was minimal; however, this last one finishing materials, some tools and vandalism...

Curious to hear what you guys have found useful.

Hey mark, I think you have to (post #210531, reply #1 of 6)

Hey mark, I think you have to use Wireshark. It is a fantastic open source multi-platform network protocol analyzer. It allows you to examine data from a live network or from a capture file on disk. You can interactively browse the capture data. Additionally Wireshark has several powerful features, including a rich display filter language and the ability to view the reconstructed stream of a TCP session. It also supports hundreds of protocols and media types.

Since you didn't include any (post #210531, reply #2 of 6)

Since you didn't include any spam links I conclude that you are simply terribly confused.  We're not talking about breaking into a web server, we're talking about breaking into a physical construction site -- those things with boards and nails and plywood and shingles and whatnot.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

I seriously had to stop (post #210531, reply #3 of 6)

I seriously had to stop reading that post by craig7777 half way thru and start again cause i was so lost to what this cat was saying...then i remembered the spamers are out like roaches.

Mark (post #210531, reply #4 of 6)

I delete most of these spam posts, but some of them are just plain one of a kind.  It makes you think there's really a human being at least sitting there and trying.

this one was like that.

wish I could add some real security suggestions to help you out.  Diesel pig from old BT had some problems, a security camera/ with alarm may have helped him out.  Might search for an old post by him, there were a few suggestions.

For me, commercial was a gang box and common sense.  The remodels, lock and key and good insurance and luck.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


thanks, not complaining about (post #210531, reply #5 of 6)

thanks, not complaining about the spammer...was just caught off gaurd. Started reading it and for a second i thought it was an actual reply, then half way realized i had not idea what i was reading...

appreciate the suggestion. new security cameras in place!!! hope they dont steal those.

Old Topic- But Timely (post #210531, reply #6 of 6)

OK, I know this is an old thread .... but it's February as I post, and the construction season is beginning to get going again. I'd say it's time for a refresher.

Within a building, a JoBox (or similar locking chest) is generally enough. Larger tools, ladders, carts, and the like can be chained to a post, or even just to each other.

For materials, and stuff stored outside, renting a Conex (shipping container), provides good security. It's worth paying for a 'good' one; those have hardware that works better, and might include skylights and a 'man' door.

Beyond that, you need to ask where the problems originate. Are you dealing with an organized gang of thieves? The local petty criminals? Or - as is far too often the case - you fellow site workers and employees? That's where you have to start.

Case in point .... I once noticed a pattern of  'small things' disappearing only when a certain contractor was on site. Solution? We don't share sites anymore. 

Another precaution also falls under the banner of 'good business.' That is, don't have stuff on site unless you need it in the immediate future. For example, at one job I ordered all my pipe at the start, in one shipment. As the job wound down, we began running short. We had not used anything near the amount ordered; clearly we had several hundred feet of pipe 'evaporate.' Since then, the pipe is ordered based on what I think we'll need  that week. This is called "just in time" delivery.

Tools? I have one of the apprentices inventory them all at the end of the day .... and we round up whatever is missing from the gang box right then.

It only takes ONE theft to sour a job .... from that moment, everyone is looking over their shoulder, and doubting their fellow workers. That sucks - especially as the thief is most likely no longer there.

Such theft is discouraged in the usual manner .... make your tools 'ugly.' Mark them in bright colors- this makes them easier to find too! Only bring in what you'll use that day.