IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week, from the IHBC: PBCToday on construction site theft

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, including notices gleaned from across the development sector’s publications, and for this week features the PBCToday feature on construction site theft.

PBCToday writes:

… The construction industry is being urged to tighten security measures to defend construction sites from opportunistic thieves.

Following a reported 50% surge in construction crime rates since the coronavirus lockdown, the industry is being advised to tighten security measures to defend sites from opportunistic thieves.

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) announced the significant increase in raids on vehicles and sites and theft of plant equipment and tools, which is in stark contrast to overall crime rates, which dropped by up to 40% in March.

Even prior to the COVID-19 crisis, construction site theft was an ongoing problem that blighted the industry, costing an estimated £800m per year. In a survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), 92% of respondents confirmed they had been affected by theft, with 21% reporting weekly site robberies.

Since the pandemic and the initial uncertainty around government guidelines and whether construction should remain open, a wave of sites have entered shutdown, often leaving valuable assets in place.

Surge in construction site theft prompts calls for tighter security

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