If you own or manage an empty property, who might be in it? Right now, can you be sure that the answer is ‘no-one’? There may have been no-one on the site when it was boarded up. This may still have been the case yesterday, but has an intruder got in today?
Void property inspections specialist Secure Site UK warns that the temptation of boarded up buildings is immense for would-be intruders of all descriptions. Teenagers bunking off, passing vandals, arsonists or squatters: the scope for complications is endless, especially if insurance claims are involved and the question of liability arises.
One of the services that Secure Site UK provides is a vacant property inspections service that covers all the points that insurers need to ensure that a given building remains covered. Even if a building has no electricity supply or no working phone line, Secure Site UK can put in a battery-powered vacant property alarm system that can summon a uniformed patrol if an intrusion is detected.
Simple measures are still effective: interlocking concrete blocks are a good way of blocking vehicular access to a site with, say, a car park. As a first line of defence, it will deter casual attempts to force an entry, since it prevents vehicles from bringing in tools and equipment or taking anything away from the building that might otherwise have been removed.
If building work is in progress, Secure Site UK can help with temporary fencing or hoardings to prevent access to construction sites or hazardous areas on open ground. That way, the equipment stays onsite and intruders stay out, even if they don’t stay away.
Secure Site UK is sometimes asked to secure entrances with steel communal doors in occupied buildings. The robust door systems that the company fits have been seen to cut the incidence of vandalism and crime in general. These made to measure systems can be finished in a range of colours and dovetail with existing security measures.
For more information on how Secure Site UK can help you to protect your vacant property, or you would like to request a vacant property inspection, please get in touch.