While vacant properties remain in a state of limbo for landlords or councils, they can easily become a target for illegal activities and often slide into disrepair.
For the owner of the vacant property, whoever that may be, the first cost will no doubt be financial.
Local residents tend to be on the front line, in terms of increasing levels of crime and antisocial behaviour. Potential home-buyers can also be deterred by the fear of buying in a neighbourhood that has a poor reputation, often leaving those wishing to sell near these vacant buildings in a rut.
For the past few years, the UK has been in the turmoil of a housing crisis; high housing and renting costs have forced many out of their homes, whilst social housing is also in high demand and has a limited supply. The number of people squatting in vacant properties has been on the increase.
Even those who can afford to keep up with their rent are made vulnerable by vacant local property. With so many homes standing empty, criminals are able to break in and pose as property owners in order to rent out the property to unsuspecting ‘tenants’ illegally.
Empty Buildings are Full of Prospects for Thieves
Even the most unlikely, unfurnished commercial spaces have thousands of pounds worth of construction materials that can become a target for thieves. When these elements are integrated within the infrastructure of the building, the rough removal of the goods by criminals can cause the building to become damaged and unsafe.
In the face of these fears, where the potential damage may be expensive to repair and replace, having more immediate security in place will offer better safeguarding to the property and the community.
Sufficient Security is Vital
In order to protect local communities, vacant property owners have a responsibility to make sure that they remain aware of any activity in and around the building.
As no two sites will have identical security issues, our philosophy has been to develop a comprehensive range of security options that provides our clients with a choice of reliable, effective and appropriate ways to meet individual site requirements, risks and budgets. You want your security provider to give you something that fits perfectly, not just what they’ve got on the shelf.
Secure Site UK can offer perimeter security, security guarding, mobile, patrols, CCTV systems and more, including temporary alarms that would notify the key holders of a break in, long before the problem has time to develop into a squatting or illegal tenancy issue. Local residents are then relieved of such responsibilities and fears as the wider community is also made safer.
Some of our dependable measures that make the property unattractive to would be thieves or squatters include: