On a construction site, you have your heavy duty equipment, which is more difficult to steal, and your building supplies, which are in frequent danger of being stolen. In a typical year, it is estimated and/or reported that up to one billion dollars in equipment and supplies are stolen off of construction sites. The sites that lost the most to theft were not properly fenced in or protected, nor was any of the supplies and equipment adequately secured. Temporary fences could have easily prevented some of these thefts. If your construction site has experienced any monetary loss due to missing lumber, tools or steel i-beams (all of which has an excellent market value for thieves), you may want to consider temporary chain link rental fences. Additionally, these fences can help you in all of the following ways.
Enclose Your Entire Work Site
Many construction companies enclose their smaller work sites because these are usually the sites that thieves check out before deciding what to steal. The smaller work sites mean that the thieves can get in and out quickly with items and the stolen items may not be noticed for awhile. Other more brazen thieves will take steel beams and metal scraps from skyscraper or commercial property sites, but only if they can escape with these items easily. It is very hard to move a steel beam over a temporary chain link fence surrounding your entire site, and even more difficult over a fence surrounding the supplies.
Enclose the Equipment and Supplies Too
You can set up temporary chain link fences around your building and construction supplies like an open warehouse. When this is done in conjunction with a perimeter fence, thieves think twice about trying to get supplies up, over, out and through your temporary fences. Because it requires a lot more effort and there is a greater chance of getting caught, thieves usually opt for less-protected work sites instead, saving you thousands of dollars in lost supplies and/or equipment.
Double up the Protection with a Double-High Fence
If you think that a six-foot high chain link fence will not be intimidating enough, or you want a higher fence to enclose your heavy construction equipment (e.g., dump truck, front loader, backhoe, etc.), then you can rent a double-high fence instead (from an outlet such as A & R Rent-A-Fence). These chain link fences are twice as high as the standard ones, and any thief willing to try and climb over the top of a double-high has an increased risk of getting caught since anyone within blocks would see someone trying to slink up over this tall structure. Additionally, it will not only deter and keep thieves out but is excellent for keeping everything in because supplies cannot be flipped or tossed over the fence even if a thief were to make it over the top and into your work site.