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How Secure is a Temporary Building?

Temporary buildings have become a popular solution for businesses and organisations that require additional space or facilities for a short or medium period. These structures can be used across various sectors and for various applications, such as warehouse & storage facilities, workshops & construction premises, or even retail stores. On the other hand, temporary and semi-permanent loading canopies, which Spaciotempo have in their product range, are also an ideal solution for transport and logistics applications, or even sports halls.

However, one crucial aspect that is often overlooked is the importance of securing these structures.

Security is paramount, even for a temporary structure. Irrespective of whether the building is located in a remote area or a built-up urban area, it is still at risk of theft, vandalism, or even arson. Investing in security measures can save you from potential financial loss and damages, so thought and planning should be at the forefront of your mind.

What are Temporary and Semi-Permanent Buildings?

Temporary and semi-permanent buildings are a form of modular construction facilities that are erected quickly and can be taken down just as easily. They are often used for short-or medium-term premises for virtually any purpose where covered space is required. These buildings are made from materials such as aluminium for the walling, galvanised steel for the frame, and fabric for the roof and can be customised with a raft of options to meet specific requirements.

Security Concerns with Temporary and Semi-Permanent Buildings

One of the main concerns with temporary and semi-permanent buildings is their susceptibility to break-ins and theft. These buildings are often located in remote areas or on-site at company premises, which can make them a target for thieves. Additionally, as Spaciotempo and many other suppliers in the industry supply and install industrial temporary canopies, these are more often than not open-sided with one or more sides left completely exposed to break-ins or theft.

Another concern is the risk of vandalism. Temporary and semi-permanent buildings and canopies are often left unoccupied, which can make them an easy target for vandals. This can result in damage to the building and its contents, as well as an increase in security concerns.

Finally, temporary structures can also be at risk of unexpected fire or water damage. These buildings are often located in areas where fire suppression systems or other preventative measures may not be readily available, which can make them more vulnerable to severe damage when disaster strikes.

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Here are Some Reasons Why Securing a Temporary Building is Crucial:

Protection of Assets: Temporary storage buildings or industrial canopies may house expensive equipment, machinery, or inventory. Such assets are valuable to your business, and losing them to theft or damage can result in significant losses. A secure building will keep these assets safe, reducing the likelihood of loss.

Protection of Data and Information: It may be that temporary facilities are used as office spaces and therefore store confidential data. The loss of such information can be detrimental to your business, and it is essential to safeguard it. A secure building will prevent unauthorised access to the data, protecting your business from potential legal and financial liabilities.

Legal Compliance: Temporary structures must adhere to local building codes and regulations. Failure to comply with these laws can result in hefty fines and legal consequences. A secure building that meets all the legal requirements will protect you from legal liabilities and ensure a smooth operation.

Employee Safety: A temporary industrial or manufacturing building, for example, may consistently house employees, and their safety should be a top priority. A secure building will protect employees from theft, vandalism, or assault. Additionally, a building with proper security measures will provide employees with peace of mind, increasing productivity and morale.

Security Measures for Temporary Buildings: What the Customer Can Do

There are several security measures you can implement yourself to secure your temporary building. By planning ahead and implementing some or all of the following, you will ensure the long term security of your facility:

Security Cameras: Many temporary buildings and industrial canopies can be fitted with advanced security systems, such as motion sensors, CCTV cameras, and alarms, all of which can be monitored remotely.

Locks: Ensure that all entry points have sturdy locks. Install deadbolts and padlocks that are resistant to drilling and picking. Use security bars or grilles to reinforce doors and windows.

Lighting: Motion-sensor lights outside the temporary structure can deter potential intruders. Ensure that the perimeter of the building is well-lit, reducing the risk of theft or vandalism.

Fencing: A fence around the perimeter of the temporary building or canopy can act as a physical barrier, preventing unauthorised access. Choose a sturdy fence that is difficult to climb.

Alarm Systems: Alarm systems can be an effective security measure. They can alert you and the authorities in case of a break-in or fire, reducing the likelihood of loss or vandalism.

Use Access Control Systems: Use access control systems such as keypads or swipe cards can help to limit access to your building. This can prevent unauthorised individuals from gaining entry and can also help to keep track of who has entered and exited the building.

Security Guards: Consider hiring a security guard to monitor the temporary building. They can respond to any potential threats, ensuring the safety of the building and its occupants.

Security Measures for Temporary Buildings: What the Supplier Can Do

There are also several security measures the supplier can implement to secure your temporary building for you:

Use Strong Construction Materials: Using strong construction materials like thicker, 40mm sandwich panelling or steel cladding can help to deter break-ins and vandalism. These materials are much harder to break into than basic aluminium or even fabric, which can make them a better choice for long-term security.

Regular Maintenance: Regular maintenance can help to identify any security weaknesses in the building and address them before they become a problem. This can include checking locks and windows, repairing any damage, and replacing any worn-out components. At Spaciotempo, we offer a regular MOT and maintenance programme that would identify any security risks.

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In conclusion, securing a temporary building or semi-permanent canopy is crucial for protecting assets, data, complying with regulations, and ensuring employee safety. Implementing security measures such as sturdy locks, lighting, fencing, alarm systems, and security guards can go a long way in deterring unwanted visitors and preventing loss or damage when disaster strikes. By investing in security measures, you can rest assured that your temporary structure is protected, and the peace of mind afforded can allow you to focus on what’s important: your day-to-day business operations.

And while traditional bricks and mortar buildings have long been seen as the gold standard for business security, temporary demountable structures are quickly becoming a popular alternative where the exact same security measures can be implemented.

With their existing strength, durability, flexibility, and cost-effective buying options, and the addition of customisable security features temporary buildings offer a secure and practical solution for businesses across various sectors. If you are looking for a secure building for your business, a temporary, modular building may be the perfect option for you.

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss any of the points raised in this blog in further detail, our team will be more than happy. Contact us on 01889 460049 or get a quote using our interactive Let’s Build form.

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