There is no single strategy for managing empty properties, also referred to as void properties. This is why Secure Site UK offers a range of integrated services that add up to a cost-effective set of solutions for property-owners facing the challenge of managing void properties.
Our empty property security solutions operate at a number of levels, with each one reinforcing the previous one. At the outer limits of the property, it is necessary to secure any car park or surrounding land from unauthorised vehicles. For this first line of defence, Secure Site UK can supply concrete barriers. These are simple and effective, giving a clear visual signal to would-be intruders that the property has been secured. Preventing vehicular access prevents anyone from establishing any sort of base to work from, or bringing in heavy or powerful equipment.
Having said that, if work needs to be carried out on the property while it is empty, then equipment on the site needs to be secured too, as well as the area where construction or repair work is in progress. Secure Site UK has stocks of suitable close-mesh security fencing that can be brought on to the site to ensure that valuable equipment does not leave it ahead of schedule.
If there are localised hazards, such as holes and the like, then fencing is also an effective deterrent for would-be intruders or the simply curious. A secure barrier can be deemed to show recognition of a duty of care for such hazards.
As to preventing would-be intruders, potential vandals, squatters or scrap-metal seekers from entering a building, there are limits to the effectiveness of wooden boarding. Secure Site UK recommends, fits and supplies steel window screens. These galvanised steel screens are perforated to let through enough light to make viewings or inspections straightforward.
As well as allowing a building to be ventilated without compromising security, steel screens send another message to the casual intruder. They are a clear indication that such a property is going to be harder to get into than any number of timber-boarded properties elsewhere. The obvious conclusion for all would-be intruders is that they should give up here and go away.
If you would like to know more about Secure Site UK’s vacant property security services, please get in touch.