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Steps You Should Take to Secure Your Mine Site

Operational security is paramount for industries with complex, high-cost

machinery and processes. Even in remote locations, in order to protect your

mine site from intruders; because, still to this day, individuals and groups

conduct illegal prospecting and trespass into private property.

Securing a mine site is a critical part of any operation, but it can be challenging to

implement effective security measures. In Australia, trespassers have a history of

causing a lot of damage to property including theft.

That's why it's crucial to have security measures that will deter and detect anyone

who might be trying to gain unauthorised access to the site. These measures might

include installing optimised fences, security cameras, and of course, having security

personnel on site.

It's also vital to have a proper security plan in place that addresses all possible


Here are some tips for implementing an effective mine site security plan:

1. Establish clear security protocols and make sure all employees are aware of them.

2. Install security cameras and sensor systems around the perimeter of the site.

3. Have a safe system for employees to report intruders.

4. Conduct irregular security patrols to ensure the site is secure and that people

cannot figure out patrol schedules.

5. Site Access Cards. Ensure that every employee and contractor has a security-

activated card that is screened at the gate.

6. Make sure you conduct regular vehicle checks to make sure they are mine-spec

approved and contain only the necessary items required for operation, as vehicles

that come in and out of a secured site are a way for things to get stolen.

The Three Horsemen

There are a few different types of intruders that you need to be aware of when

securing your mine site. Here are three common examples to look out for:

1. The Opportunist. This person is looking for an easy target, and they'll usually

move on to another site if they can't find what they're looking for at yours.

Note: An opportunist could also be one of your employees or contractors, so

it’s imperative that you conduct personnel and vehicle checks.

2. The Vandal. This person is looking to cause damage, and they may even be

trying to steal equipment or minerals from the site.

3. The Terrorist. This person is looking to do harm, and they may be targeting

your site specifically because its a mining site.

It's important to be mindful of these different types of intruders and have targeted

security measures that will protect your mine site against them.

The most effective security measures for a mine site

You can never be too careful when securing your mine site. There are a lot of

potential threats, which is why you need procedures to deal with them all.

Effective security measures for a mine site will vary depending on the specific

situation. But some of the basics include perimeter fencing, CCTV, and intruder

detection systems.

It's also imperative you have a good security team in place, with people who are

trained to deal with any situation that may arise.

You might also consider having a licensed canine to patrol your site – especially if

the mine is close to town. Careful consideration must be made when choosing this


And finally, it's essential to have a security plan that is regularly reviewed and

updated, so that you can stay ahead of any changes or threats.

The risks of not having effective mine site security

It's no secret that a mine site is a treasure trove of valuable resources. So, it's no

surprise that criminals and other nefarious types would be interested in gaining

access to one.

The risks of not having effective mine site security are numerous. Theft of

equipment, materials and data can result in significant financial losses for a

company. In addition, there's the very real risk of someone getting injured or killed if

security is lax.

So, what can be done to mitigate these risks? Implementing effective mine site

security measures is essential. This includes investing in security cameras, alarms,

fences, and other deterrents. Security personnel must also be on site 24/7 to ensure

that unauthorised personnel are kept out.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure the safety and security of your

mine site and its valuable resources. The team at Goldfields Security Services can help you come up with a tailored security plan to suit your needs to ensure your mine site is safe and secure from unwanted intruders.

Would you like some further information on our WA Mining Security Services?

We’d love to hear from you. Give our team a call today on 0404 449 326 to see how

we can help or email us at

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