What is vacant property security and why do I need it?
A vacant or empty property is a building that has been left unused for some time. An example of this would be a retail premises that has been closed down and left empty. This is an all to familiar sight recently, with many businesses having to close down for long periods of time or for good due to the COVID lockdown restrictions. Many businesses have closed their shutters for the last time and left building empty and vulnerable. This is where vacant property security comes in. There are certain safety measures that can be put into place to reduce the chances of damage or theft occurring to your site.
What is considered vacant property?
A vacant property is defined as being “completely empty”. This refers to the building being devoid of people and belongings. Leaving a building in this state can make it very vulnerable to many issues such as vandalism and arson. To find out about the 10 top risks to vacant properties, follow the link to our article!
Hire vacant property security services
Having a dedicated team of security specialists protecting your empty building is the best way to keep it safe. Your security suppliers can work with you to set up a plan for exactly how, when and where you want or need security in order to best protect your site. Security service providers can use a range of services and methods to ensure your building is safe, some of which are listed below.
Having a security guard located on your site will ensure any issues are dealt with swiftly and promptly. Trained and SIA licensed security guards have experience in detecting and deterring criminal behaviour and can adapt to the needs of any business. Having a strong security presence is the best defence against criminals, and there is no better way of showing that than with security personnel on site.
Mobile patrol services
Mobile patrols are very effective at deterring criminal. Patrols can happen at random, unpredictable times in order to stop criminals from anticipating when guards will be patrolling. This stops them from striking when the site is unwatched.
Mobile patrols can happen frequently around the clock, to ensure you can be protected whenever you need it.
Secure all access points
Make sure all access points are well protected against criminals trying to gain entry. Block off any weak spots that could be used to get into your property and limit the chances of criminals striking your building.
Regularly visiting your property can ensure the building can be checked on and assessed to see if anymore safety precautions can be put in place to protect the site. Having people regularly visiting or interacting with the property can also help to deter criminals from striking, from the fear of being caught.
Having regular maintenance and maintenance checks done on your property can ensure that the building is safe, secure and there are no issues with your site. Its important to check regularly in case a small issue has occurred, such as damp or damage that needs to be dealt with before it spreads.
Having CCTV in place is very effective at detecting criminals, but also deterring them. If a criminal thinks they are going to get caught on camera, they will think twice about committing a crime. This reduces the risk of opportunistic crime a lot. Make sure CCTV warning signs are visible and prominent, as well as the cameras themselves.
If a crime were to be committed against your property and there was no one on site, having your CCTV cameras monitored can be very beneficial. Having a security guard monitor your CCTV cameras at vulnerable times can mean they can respond to any issue they can see on camera and resolve them quickly.
Having a strong security presence is the best defence against criminals, and there is no better way of showing that than with security personnel on site.
Empty building can be very vulnerable to fire damage. This can either be through accidental fires or through arson. Vandals and arsonists may attempt to burn down or severely damage parts of or the whole building. Accidental fires can start for a range of reasons, such as electrical issues. Having the right fire detection measures in place is essential to protecting not only your property, but also those surrounding it. Have good fire alarms and smoke detectors in place in many locations in your building to detect any issues. Smart fire technology can be used to notify the emergency services of any fire detected straight away, and having a fire suppression system in place, such as sprinklers, will help to control and resolve any fire that may occur.
Having vacant property insurance in place in case something does do wrong can really help to resolve the issue quickly. It also gives businesses peace of mind that they have some protection in case anything were to happen to their vacant property.
Motion sensors/ glass smash detection
Having motion sensors and glass smash detection in place can not only bring attention to any criminal behaviour that is happening in your property, but it is also very effective at stopping criminals in their tracks. If an alarm starts to sound unexpectedly when trying to break into a building, they are likely to get spooked and run from the scene, limiting the damage to your building.
Keeping your site well lit and visible is a good way to keep it safe and keep criminals at bay. They are far less likely to strike a well-lit building that can be seen, than a hidden property that is in the shadows and can’t be seen by anyone.
Protecting the most vulnerable parts of your property is important. Windows are very easy to use to gain access to a building, through smashing the window and getting in. But they are also big targets for vandals looking to have some fun and smash some windows. Therefore, having window protection security in place is very effective. Having security bars in place can stop criminals from getting inside your property but can unfortunately still leave windows vulnerable to being smashed by vandals. Having Steel window security or security shutters in place is the best way to protect your windows from being smashed or used as an entrance point.
Having reinforced, strong doors is so important in keeping an empty, vulnerable building safe. Having a strongly locked and strengthened door will stop opportunistic criminals from gaining access through your doors and stop them walking straight into your property. Having a sturdy door that has steel door security or shutters also shows criminals that the building is protected and safe. This will deter them greatly from trying to gain access, as it is likely that they will fail.
Controlling who has access to your site is imperative. If you can stop criminals from being able to step foot on your site, then the risk is highly reduced. Having good access control also strongly deters criminals from attempting to gain access. Having high, strong fences surrounding the perimeter of your site is a good way to show that is difficult to gain access and dissuade them from trying.
If your site is larger and has access control in the form of gatehouse security, this is a very good way of making sure people cannot get onto your site. This also allows you to track who has access to your site, for example for maintenance purposes.
Perimeter detection systems
Having some kind of perimeter detection system in place is a great way to know if anyone is trying to get access to your site. This is particularly important for larger sites and properties, for example warehouses, factories or industrial sites. Knowing if anyone has entered your site can let you swiftly resolve the situation.
Putting these safety measures in place will help to detect and deter criminals, protect your empty property and give you peace of mind that your building is being protected as much as possible. If you are worried about a vacant property that you own, whatever industry you work in, we can help. Get in touch with us today to discuss what security areas you are concerned about and let us help you to resolve the issue. Contact us today or fill out our request a quote form to get a fast reply!
Why do vacant properties need to be secured? When properties and building are left empty and vacant, they become big targets to criminals. They are left very vulnerable, not being looked over, and...