Theft plagues the construction industry. TrueLook’s 2020 Jobsite Security Report states that the average value of equipment stolen exceeds $29,000 per unit. But the total cost of theft is much higher, as projects are delayed and crews sit idle. According to the National Equipment Register (NER), annual estimates of the total cost of equipment theft may be as much as $1 billion.
While fencing creates a barrier to outsiders, it’s not a complete solution. In fact, 53% of contractors surveyed said physical fencing was the predominant security precaution when items were stolen from their jobsite. Theft is usually committed by insiders, workers, or subcontractors who have access to the jobsite after hours, and have the ability to easily enter to steal equipment and materials.
How do you stop them? Infrared security cameras can play a big part.
Construction Security Cameras with Night Vision?
An unattended, poorly lit jobsite is an open invitation for theft. Traditional cameras may have motion sensors, but require a well-lit environment before they can detect movement. By contrast, cameras with infrared technology (IR) can detect motion and offer exceptional image quality, even in total darkness.
IR sensors detect infrared radiation, which isn’t visible to the human eye. If you’re interested in the science behind it, Live Science explains that infrared is a wavelength between visible light and microwaves on the electromagnetic spectrum. While average cameras can’t detect these electromagnetic wavelengths of 650-1050 nm, infrared sensors can.
Construction Cameras that Use IR Sensors
Even in the dark, someone viewing an infrared security camera can see what’s happening on the jobsite. And when someone walks into the detection area of the IR sensor, the sensor is activated and triggers the camera to alert users to any motion onsite. The alerts, via text message and/or email, are configurable and can be sent to project managers or security personnel letting them know of after-hours activity. No extra lighting is needed — just the infrared camera.
Although standard construction cameras work well in ideal lighting conditions, infrared security cameras have the upper hand in all environments, because they don’t rely on light to catch intruders. By installing cameras with IR technology built-in on your jobsite, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your motion detection system won’t fail, even in the darkest of environments.
Reliable, Around the Clock Protection
There are many ways to secure a jobsite — fencing, on-site security guards, and drones, to name a few. But these can be expensive solutions, and security cameras have been shown to offer the best ROI. If you have cameras with IR technology built-in, you can rest easy knowing that any motion on your jobsite after hours will be detected.
TrueLook Cameras, in particular, are always recording: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may think that’s a lot of footage to sort through in the event of an incident, but our platform provides a timeline of Intelligent Motion Alerts. This makes it easy to review only the clips that are important to you quickly. And because alerts are sent at the time of activity, you may be able to call the police in time to catch the thieves red-handed!
Gain New Ways to Protect Your Jobsite
For users in need of further security solutions, TrueLook is now offering human verification of motion alerts to provide you with complete, trusted jobsite protection. You can rest easy knowing that Jobsite Surveillance has you covered with trained professionals ready to review, verify, and react to threats in real time.
In addition, TrueLook’s newest camera, the 4K IR PTZ, offers built-in infrared, plus four times the resolution of an HD 1080P camera. Capture more angles of your jobsite day and night with this robotic PTZ camera’s 25x optical zoom, 360-degree field of view, and panoramic time-lapsing.
TrueLook offers multiple construction cameras with built-in IR sensors and configurable motion alerts, keeping you informed at all hours of the day – especially any suspicious jobsite activity. Check out a live demo to explore all the capabilities of Truelook cameras. Need help deciding which cameras to buy? Download our Buyer’s Guide.