Preventing Job Site Theft

job site theft

Job site theft is a rampantly growing problem that costs the construction industry more than $1 billion a year, according to the National Equipment Registry. The organization is devoted to assisting law enforcement in tracking down stolen construction equipment.

The painful truth is that tools, machines and materials left un-monitored in publicly accessible areas for extended periods of time have been found to be too great a temptation for some to resist. Theft, no matter where it happens, is a crime of opportunity. Here are some ways to avoid it.

How You Can Prevent Job Site Theft

1) Don’t leave your equipment or tools unattended for extended periods of time – especially over the weekend and during holidays. Consider hiring a security guard for these periods of time or taking the equipment with you.

2) If have no choice but to leave your equipment and/or tools at the job site, make them hard to move, by chaining equipment and locking tools in a heavy duty construction lock box. Remove keys from machinery.

3) Install temporary fencing around the job site that is high enough to deter thieves from climbing over. Action Barricade LLC. has many types of fencing available for you to choose from.

4) Post well-marked “No Trespassing” signs. You can also post signs that say job site under surveillance. Post these signs in various places throughout your job site for optimal effectiveness.

5) Most thefts occur at night, so keep the job site well lit by installing motion sensor lights around the site’s perimeter, and in areas where your equipment is being stored.

6) Practice just-in-time delivery. The National Association of Home Builders recommends that you plan your material deliveries carefully as to minimize the quantity of valuable materials left on the site.

7) Mark, photograph, record and register serial numbers found on your machines and tools. If a theft does occur, this will provide critical information for both a police report and an insurance claim.

8) Protect yourself against losses by having adequate insurance coverage. You may want to consider looking into additional coverage should you lose income, as well as equipment rental coverage.


4th of July Block Party Advice

Pie eating contests, old-fashioned sack races, water balloon wars, grilled foods, cotton candy, combined with fun music alongside an assemblage of red, white and blue – this celebration sounds like an absolute blast – and everything that an amazing 4th of July block party should have.

Because a 4th of July block party is just a tad bit different than that of a backyard barbecue, it will require a more specialized approach, one that involves a group of people (neighbor’s, perhaps?).  This will keep you from overburdening yourself with all of the necessary planning requirements.

Planning Your 4th of July Block Party

Begin planning your 4th of July block party by having a meeting with your planning committee to discuss the party’s date, theme, budget and venue.  Determining the date is extremely important considering that the 4th of July this year falls on a Friday.

Keep good records of your planning, including a list of who is doing what and who is bringing what.  This way there will be no confusion, and hopefully no chaos, the day of the party.  The equipment and supplies that you will need to purchase, rent or borrow include the following:

  • Food and Beverages
  • Decorations
  • Fireworks (Check with your city’s ordinances regarding the legality of fireworks.  Some allow certain kinds while others strictly prohibit them.)
  • Music
  • Picnic Tables (or for a cheap alternative – throw blankets)
  • Games for the Kiddos

A traditional 4th of the July block party takes place in the middle of the street, with both ends barricaded for safety. Neighbors often wheel their grills out and set up in front of their homes so that guests can wander up and down the street (you got to get a little exercise) to mingle and fill their plates.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!!


Traffic Control Equipment Rentals

Controlling traffic in the busy streets of Phoenix – whether for an event, block party, race or vehicular traffic – is typically never the easiest task one wants to undertake.  Ever have more traffic than you know what to do with?  Ever wished there was an easier way to control it?  Action Barricade Company LLC can provide you with the means necessary to control traffic no matter what your particular needs may be.

As our name suggests, Action Barricade is a company that gives our clients’ the ability to control the city’s traffic, by simply providing them with the finest quality traffic control equipment.  This equipment includes barricades, movable cones, movable speed bumps, signs, message boards and so much more.  Best of all, we have offices in both Phoenix, and Flagstaff!

Are you in the midst of planning a block party?  Use your judgment on which lanes to open and avoid any safety issues with our temporary lighting and barricade equipment.  No matter what your traffic control needs, you can count on us not only to provide you with the equipment you need, but to ensure you’re provided with a strategic plan outlining the city’s specific traffic control requirements.

Start your traffic controlling career in the Valley of the Sun and watch the traffic zoom right on by with our comprehensive flagger training program.  This program will provide you with all of the information you need in order to conduct your job efficiently and without harm while properly utilizing traffic control equipment.  If you’re ready to start the path to an exciting career, contact us today at (602) 288-6350.

In addition to our promise of delivering the highest quality equipment, we strive to do so at some of the best rates in town, in order to ensure you receive the best bang for your buck.  We work with contractors, utility companies, state and local governmental agencies, the department of transportation, the railroad industry, commercial business owners as well as residential home owners.

How to Throw a Neighborhood Party!

How many of your neighbors do you know?  No matter if you just moved to a new neighborhood, or if you’ve lived there all your life, it can understandably be hard to meet most of your neighbors.  Deciding to organize a neighborhood party is one of the best ways to meet those that you don’t already know as well as create community spirit.

However if you decide to organize one without enlisting help, or don’t have the proper know-how, you may quickly cause yourself to become overwhelmed.   With our simple neighborhood party tips, you and your neighbors will receive maximum enjoyment, without shelling out a lot of dough.

 Tip #1 – Enlist Neighbors to Help

We recommend enlisting a group of 5 to 6 dedicated volunteers to help you organize.    Once you have enlisted enough volunteers then you can assign tasks.  For example, if you’re planning to have activities for the kiddos, you’ll need someone to oversee the activities so that nothing goes awry.

Tip #2 – Receive a City Permit

While this may not be needed in some communities it is best to check with your local Arizona representative to avoid being shut down or fined.

Tip #3 – Send out Invitations

Probably one of the most cost-effective ways to get the word out is to make your own fliers with your personal computer, print out however many copies you think you’ll need, and distribute them throughout the neighborhood.  Here is where you can also enlist the help of your kids – putting them in charge of flyer delivery – they’ll love it.

Tip #4 – Safety Precautions

Ensure that you have taken every safety precaution that you can possibly think of: food preparation and storage, supervision of children, lighting is in place and that you have barricaded off the area (especially in larger residential neighborhoods) so that no one can drive through your party: just to name a few.  Action Barricade rents everything you will need, such as barricades and lighting, to block off your chosen party venue.