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Increased building site security risk

Tag Guard : 26 March, 2009  (Technical Article)
Tag Guard is advising building site operators to install wireless perimeter intrusion detection to minimize increased risk of crime
Increased building site security risk
Evidence from past recessions suggests crime will increase - and building
sites with their high value raw materials, plant and machinery are now more
likely than ever to experience criminal activity.

Having studied previous recessions and downturns and their effect on crime,
The Home Office has already issued blunt warnings that the credit crunch is
likely to see an overall rise in crime figures with theft and burglary figures
showing large increases. The Home Office has pointed to evidence from the
1992 recession which saw sharp rises in serious crime of 19 per cent.

Richard Lang, Managing Director of building and construction site security
specialists Tag Guard comments, "Our control room, which monitors
incidents at the hundreds of sites that now have our wireless security systems
in place, has certainly experienced a steady but noticeable increase in alarm
activations and CCTV incidents, with no less than 60 separate occasions, just
in the last 12 months, where police have actually been called to the scene - in
most cases leading to arrests.

"Just in the last two weeks a Tag Guard wireless alarm system was activated
by intruders on a development in Bootle on Merseyside belonging to one of
our clients, Sanderson Construction Ltd. In this incident a police helicopter
was sent in pursuit of the fleeing criminals and all three were eventually

"Building sites with their high value equipment and raw materials left lying
around, often unattended for long periods, are clearly highly vulnerable and
we believe contractors, developers and site owners will need to take more
action against a rising crime wave during this recession".

Tag Guard pioneered the development of wireless security products and is
now one of the UK's leading specialists in wireless systems for buildings and
construction sites.

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