Between supply-chain issues, the war in Ukraine, and the attendant global sanctions imposed on Russian oil, the cost of commercial and domestic fuel has increased at an alarming rate through much of 2022. Every industry has been affected by the rise in fuel prices, particularly the building and construction sector. Fuel is absolutely crucial for this industry, not only for transporting materials on and off sites, but also to power generators and machinery vital to the building process, such as cranes, diggers, and so on.
An added concern for the construction industry is the increase in fuel theft. With prices skyrocketing, people are getting desperate enough to steal fuel from commercial enterprises and construction sites are a prime target. Many would-be fuel thieves consider building sites to be easier to get into and out of than a regular building. Also, as an added advantage to them, they know that there will be fuel stored on site overnight.
How is fuel being stolen from building sites?
Fuel thieves seem to be adopting two key methods for removing fuel from construction sites. In the most blatant cases, they are stealing the bowsers that hold the fuel itself. Where these storage containers have been secured, the thieves are reduced to syphoning fuel directly from the on-site machinery.
HOW TO COMBAT FUEL THEFT
As experienced security professionals, we offer several solutions to members of the construction industry. We work with contractors across the country, providing essential security measures, specifically tailored to deter fuel thieves. These are just a few of the ways we can tackle the problem:
We can apply unique, tamper-proof QR codes to your bowsers and machinery. When our mobile patrols perform their nightly site checks, they will scan them to confirm nothing has been taken or tampered with. This is an effective way to timestamp events should a theft take place between checks. What’s more, these codes are highly prominent, letting any potential thief know that your assets are protected. This in itself can be a deterrent.