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Preventing theft at construction sites with a fabric building

Construction sites are a popular target for many thieves as they house expensive equipment. Every year this type of theft costs the construction industry between $300 million and $1 billion in losses, according to the Construction Business Owner.

The costly loss of valuable heavy equipment may result in stalled projects as well as replacement of the stolen property. Unfortunately, not all construction operations can absorb this type of financial loss. 

Site managers and owners of construction businesses should minimize their risk of equipment theft by keeping tools protected in a secure building. 

"A fabric building from Winkler Structures is a durable shelter option for construction businesses."

Invest in a secure storage facility 
According to Bob Vila, leaving tools and equipment wide open at the site is never a good idea

"I was on a job site last week – there was more stuff lying around than I'd seen in better hardware stores," said Greg Wessling, chairman and CEO of HouseRaising, a third-party manager for custom home builders, according to Bob Vila. "That's unintelligent."

A clear span building from Winkler Structures is a durable shelter option for owners of construction businesses. By erecting a fabric building, site managers can ensure employees store all tools inside the structure at the end of the day. 

Winkler Structures customizes each fabric building with secure doors and enough overhead room for vehicle maneuverability. 

Know what needs the most protection 
According to LoJack Corporation's Annual Construction Equipment Theft & Recovery Report, some of the most commonly stolen equipment at construction sites includes: 

  • Backhoe, skip and wheel Loaders 
  • Skid steers 
  • Air compressors, generators, welders and light towers

Loaders are stolen 35 percent of the time, skid steers 25 percent and towable equipment, such as air compressors and light towers, are taken 20 percent of the time. The remaining 20 percent of reported stolen equipment is made up of excavators, mini excavators, forklifts and other tools. 

The two most popular brands stolen at construction sites were Bobcat and John Deere, as they make up 24 and 20 percent of reported stolen brands, respectively. 

These large pieces of equipment are likely stolen more often, as they are left in the open on construction sites and can be operated using a universal key. However, by storing this machinery in a fabric building each night construction business owners can decrease the chances of theft. 

In addition, the top three months that theft occurs are March, January and November. Owners of construction operations should arrange to have their Winkler Structures fabric covered building constructed by these times, as this is when expensive equipment is most vulnerable. 

Purchase a high quality in a storage facility 
A fabric building from Winkler Structures is engineered with the highest quality material. The most expensive equipment will not only be protected from criminals looking to steal expensive equipment, but it will also be sheltered from damaging conditions that may depreciate the value of heavy construction vehicles and machinery. 

The specialty polythylene material used by Winkler Structures is a premium product that stands up to everything from rain, wind, hail, sleet and snow. The UV protection coating will keep sun exposure from damaging the structure's value. 

The steel used as the primary support of a Winkler Structures building will withstand wind and storms, which will keep equipment safe from otherwise expensive environmental damage related to the weather. 

Customizable windows, vents and doors also ensure the building will meet the needs of any construction site. From security to maneuverability and ventilation, Winkler Structures covers all bases. 

In addition, due to its low foundational needs, a fabric covered building from Winkler Structures takes 50 percent less time for construction than a standard building. It can also be easily moved after a job is completed. This portability makes a fabric building from Winkler Structures a great solution for owners of construction businesses looking to secure their assets at every project they begin. 

Construction equipment and tools are the backbone of an operation's success. If these items are compromised it can seriously jeopardize the prosperity of a company. Lock away tools and heavy construction machinery by investing in a fabric covered building from the dependable professionals at Winkler Structures. 

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