Wherever you stand on the topic, large scale renewable energy is a growing sector. Unfortunately, some people see these farms – which are paving the way for our future energy consumption needs – as a chance to steal, vandalise and make illegal profits.
The truth is, thieves don’t care about what it is they can get their hands on, so long as they know it’s worth something when they come to sell it.
Fresh off the heels of a newly announced government subsidies policy regime, the UK renewable energy industry is a force to be reckoned with, but the reality is that the future of this sector is only as strong as its security presence. Never has there been an industry so threatened by theft and crime before it’s even really got going.
Take France for example. A sophisticated ring of metal thieves has been closing in on wind farms up and down the country. These individuals have taken to scaling 40 ft high structures and making off with as much as a tonne of copper in one swoop. One tonne of copper! That’s the equivalent of an entire wind turbine’s engine, meaning that wind turbine will no longer work, which causes a major disruption to your business’s continuity.
So what does this mean for renewable energy business owners? At this stage, the future of the industry is one that heavily relies on investment and development but, with every step forward we take, avoidable crime drags us just as many backwards. How, you might wonder, can this chain of unfortunate events be broken so that we can stop going round in circles?
Here are our 3 ways to prevent crime at your solar or wind farm
The first rule of thumb when it comes to high risk areas is prevention. What’s done is done, and now all we can focus on is the future. One preventative security measure we are able to roll out on your premises would be placing high visibility boards at all your access points, proactively promoting the fact that your entire site is managed and looked after by Churchill Security. This deters thieves, opportunists and anyone that might view your site as a soft target.
For a large scale wind or solar farm, an effective combination of static guarding, who carry out internal patrols, and the implementation of mobile security patrols that can cover a wider parameter is secure is a recipe for success. Our guards carry out dual roles, such as internal patrols and monitoring your CCTV system 24/7. Ideal for wind farm sites in remote locations, left exposed and vulnerable, intruder alarms are also a key protective measure for pre-empting any theft or crime.
Once your security is under control, nothing is standing in your way. Metal thieves will soon realise you are too tough a nut to crack and word will soon spread that your site is a no-go zone for trespassers and the like.
Today, the renewable energy industry is under threat. What could be a booming economy is hindered by the damaging effects of what is essentially avoidable crime. So, what’ll it be? Leave the future of your business in the hands of thieves, or call in the security experts that offer UK wide coverage.
Once you’ve made the right decision, call the friendly experts at our office who have a strong grasp of the type of security measures that will benefit your solar farm or energy site. You won’t regret putting your business on the road to success.