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Protecting Materials and Your Home from Vandalism and Theft When Building
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 3, 2010 10:00 PM

When building a home, there are all too often problems of theft and vandalism. Dishonest people enter these areas where homes are being built and they steal building materials and then leave the unfinished house in disarray. So how do you protect your home and materials from such people? There are some key things that you can do to ensure that construction goes quickly and safely without the problems of criminal activity. Here are some ideas in protecting materials, and your home from vandalism and theft when building.

Is theft and vandalism really a problem when building homes? Construction sites have theft occur that has grown to as high as a $1 billion a year business in the United States. According to the National Association of Home Builders this theft is inflating the cost of a home by 1.5% or around $4000. On average a construction site will lose $5000 in supplies and equipment.

Many times during construction tools and materials are stolen. Construction tools and equipment, vehicles, and materials are usually stolen and then sold to pawnshops, or resold to the underground economy for a healthy price. It is unfortunate that this sort of thing happens, but it is the truth. Unfortunately once these items are stolen, the chance of getting them back is very low, around 42% in some cities.

This kind of crime is becoming more and more of a problem in residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries. These losses of material, equipment, tools, vehicles and vandalism are being added to the cost of construction. This in turn causes higher land costs, higher housing costs, higher renovation costs, and higher building costs for the consumer.

How can these acts of violence be stopped? Many people are joining theft and vandalism prevention programs in their neighborhoods. Different people are on watch 24 hours a day and 7 days a week looking for such suspicious activity. Signs are posted and people are made aware that these areas are being watched. This helps cut down theft and vandalism in these areas.

Many contractors have been discouraged with the rising theft and vandalism and have taken preventative measures to ensure that these things stop happening as much. They feel the best way to fix the jobsite theft and vandalism is to develop a jobsite anti-theft plan before the start of construction work.

Have an anti-theft plan put together for your home. A security system will discourage construction site vandalism and theft while a security camera system will identify the perpetrators for prosecution. Security systems that are put into a new home construction site, will add value to homes, increase marketability, decrease vandalism and theft, reduce insurance costs and increase profits.

Some construction companies and homeowners have even added extra security to ensure the safe during building. They have increased lighting at night, some fencing, brought in watchdogs, and even hired security guard services to protect the sites and homes from criminal activity.

It is unfortunate that people are dishonest and they participate in such illegal activity. Don’t let these people take advantage of you during the building of your home. Follow these tips in protecting construction materials and your home from vandalism and theft when building your home. This will ensure that you have a more pleasant experience during the construction of your new home. It is unfortunate that crime has reached our town. You might want to take your tools with you verses leaving them on site. Have your material delivered as needed, so it will not sit around. Take additional precautions these days. Information for this article was taken from

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 / 713-818-69658 or debbie@ Offices located in the Historic Blanco Courthouse.

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