The winter months, especially in the run-up to Christmas and the end of the year, are typically slower for property sales and lettings.
This, combined with the news of the potential for planned power outages, and the rise in energy bills, leaves the property management sector with plenty to consider this winter.
But it needn’t all be doom and gloom as we look at ways to navigate the following season. Your security shouldn’t be another stress, nor should cover be disrupted or your site/property put at risk.
Wireless CCTV For Vacant Properties
The security industry has been providing wireless solutions for some time, ideal for construction sites without mains power, or vacant properties with power disconnected, both needing a temporary solution while the site is developed or sold.
Wireless camera systems are a proven and popular solution, so the security industry is well prepared to keep sites protected over the winter months during Christmas shutdowns and lower temperatures.
Wireless CCTV may not have all the abilities of a more sophisticated, hardwired system, but it is extremely effective and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Working on PIR activation, the wireless VideoGuard system captures movement on site, which triggers a short clip of video footage, which sends to the monitoring station via data sim, where a human checks the activity and escalates with a call to the listed key holders. It’s simple, and it’s effective.
It ticks the boxes expected of security solutions too. Not only is it a visual deterrent, preventing expensive losses and delays, but it satisfies insurers, captures unwanted activity, and gives peace of mind 24/7.
Being simple to install, most wireless systems are commissioned within a day keeping install costs low and can be hired so you’re only paying for the system while you need it.
Where Can Wireless CCTV Be Used?
- Vacant warehouse units
- Vacant residential property
- Vacant commercial property
- Empty land
- Small car storage plots
- Local dealer forecourts
- Demolition sites
- Small to medium size construction projects
- Plant and machinery storage
- Fuel stores
- Council properties
- Closed car showrooms
- Bin stores
- Vacant care homes
- Temporarily closed offices or shops
- Vacant high-street shops
Wireless CCTV In Action
Lockdown of 2020 saw a rise in the UK rave scene, with industrial units and empty aircraft hangers’ becoming prime spots for unlicensed and illegal parties – causing damage and disruption and leaving behind a trail of waste for the property manager to clean up.
A VICE explainer outlined that raves fit into three categories:
- Established unlicensed parties
- Established free parties
- ‘Money-grab’ parties
A suspicious break-in at a warehouse in Bow caused concern for the managing agent. Leaving no obvious signs of damage, theft or squatters rights notice, the motive for the break-in wasn’t immediately obvious. The agent got in touch and had a steel door installed to replace what was a poorly fitting door with low-security locks, and our wireless VideoGuard alarm system.
With another unit on the estate also vacant, the agent had the foresight to install the same wireless camera system within this warehouse too.
Once the details of the illegal rave had been publicized, the sound system was wheeled in and moved to the makeshift ‘stage’ area, while initial party-goers milled around.
And all of it was captured on camera.
This triggered a chain of events in very quick succession:
- PIR detectors activated a 10-second clip of video footage, which was immediately sent to the remote monitoring station, via the data sim.
- The operators were able to verify the genuine alarm, showing illegal activity on site.
- They instantly alerted key holders, who being only minutes away themselves, were able to confirm more intruders were gathering.
- Key-holders called the police – who attended in numbers just minutes later, to promptly put an end to the ravers’ plans, turning 100’s away and ejecting those already inside, including the obvious organisers who spent a night in a cell!
From the instant of the first camera being triggered to the police halting the party was 13 minutes.
Wireless CCTV For Your Property
Wireless property shouldn’t be seen as a cost. Rather it is an investment.
Without it, your assets will go missing, your property damaged, and your reputation diminished. From a cost perspective, it significantly outweighs what is relatively insignificant for one wireless CCTV camera.
Can you afford to make that risk?
If not, then speak to our expert team, get your property or site surveyed and gain peace of mind with an installed CCTV system.