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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.

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Two things you must do if a thief breaks into your construction site

by Regina Barnett

Construction sites are filled with highly valuable materials and equipment. As a result of this, they are often targeted by criminals. If a thief breaks into your construction site, here are two things you must do after contacting the police.

Secure the site

Most thieves break into construction sites by picking or forcibly opening the locks on the site's fences. If this is how the thief gained entry to your site, you should contact a 24 hr locksmith and have them replace or repair the damaged lock immediately.

It is absolutely essential not to postpone this task. The reason for this is as follows: if you have to go to the police station to give a statement or need to return home for a few hours, and you leave the lock unrepaired and the site unguarded during this period of time, it is possible that a second, opportunistic criminal may walk into the site and steal even more of your construction equipment and materials.

In addition to making this (already highly stressful) situation even worse, this type of incident could affect your ability to make a claim on your insurance policy to cover the cost of the stolen goods, if the policy stipulates that you are required to keep the site secure at all times.

This could lead to you having to pay for replacement goods yourself. If your construction project's contingency fund is not large enough to cover this unexpected expense, you may end up having to take out a loan.

As such, regardless of how stressed and exhausted you might feel, it is vital to arrange for a locksmith to fix the lock and secure the site. If they need to replace, rather than repair the lock, make sure to ask them to use a robust replacement which will not be easy for thieves to break open.

Take steps to prevent this type of incident from happening again in the future

The distress and expense of a break in can be overwhelming. If you want to avoid going through this type of experience again in the future, it's important to take steps to make your site harder for thieves to get into.

As mentioned above, one way to do this is to ensure that the lock the locksmith fits on your site's barrier is extremely strong and cannot, therefore, be easily broken with sharp implements.

You may also want to add sharp barbwire along the top of the site's fence. The mere sight of this will deter most thieves from trying to climb over the barrier, as they will know that if they do, they will end up with lacerations all over their arms and legs.

Finally, you may want to store your most expensive construction materials in a locked storage container in the site. This will ensure that, even if a thief manages to get past the site barrier, they will still find it very difficult (if not impossible) to gain access to and steal these materials. Contact a company like Border Locksmiths for more information and assistance.  

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