Whilst squatting, bizarrely, still remains ‘legal’ in non-residential premises, landlords with empty units generating no income (but still draining money) may be reluctant to add to their misery by spending to update their security. However, ‘a stitch in time’ is no more appropriate than when trying to protect vulnerable buildings from squatters, metal thieves and vandals.
01. Ensure the entry door is protected with a solid steel security door and check all fire exits are secure. Remember, many only have one catch and no locks.
02. Protect windows with steel and anti-tamper fixings – not plywood and Phillips screws. Steel rarely adds to the kerb appeal, but then neither does a squatter waving from a window.
03. Don’t forget securing sky-lights, since most of us learned how to climb trees as children. We also learned how to fall, but sky-lights are a long way up and the surface below is likely to be concrete. Your insurer will be happier.
04. Fit roller-shutter locks, since they’re easier than you think to open from the outside!
05. Rent a wireless intruder alarm system while it remains empty, so that any unauthorised activity can be responded to in minutes.
06. Decommission utilities – living without water and electricity will be unappealing.
07. Carry out regular property inspections to check it’s all in order – and log them all. Your insurer will insist on these and a complete record of attendance will prove you been complying and no chance of a claim being refused.
There are many other ways of ensuring an empty property is protected, give us a call on 0800 177 7027