From the moment a property becomes vacant until it can be re-occupied with tenants or sold on, it is at risk of becoming a wasting asset. This risk increases as time passes, which is why Secure Site UK offers a tiered set of services.
Landlords often turn to a handy-man for a DIY-approach to security, thinking it will deter intruders. However, since timber offers a valuable source of fuel for starting fires, Secure Site UK warns landlords that it should only ever be seen as a temporary option until more secure protection can be fitted.
The determined intruder will have a toolbox that will make short work of screws or nails, while a wrecking bar will remove the boarding from windows secured with timber. Secure Site UK warns that another problem with wooden boards is that they can warp, especially in wet weather and prolonged rain. Any warped boards become an easy target, even for opportunist intruders.
In contrast, Secure Site UK fits made-to-measure steel shuttering to your property. These galvanised steel shutters are a more effective long term deterrent for would-be intruders, however well-equipped they may be. Steel shutters for windows and solid steel security doors can be fitted to vacant properties anywhere in the country – usually the next day, but often the same day – often for the same cost as wooden boarding. With the range of security options including perforated steel sheets, these let light into the property so it can be checked and viewed at any time.
The fittings require proprietary security tools for installation and removal, so even a determined intruder will struggle to remove them. Given the volume of void properties around the country, such people are more likely to turn their unwelcome attention to more accessible alternatives, which are unlikely to be particularly far away.
A further option to consider at the outset would include a secure battery-powered remote alarm system. By having early warning of any intrusions, it is possible to intervene before a void property becomes a problem property.
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