Maintaining the security of vacant property can be extremely problematic for any owner as there are many challenges to overcome. Vandalism and theft alone cost the construction sector more than £1mn daily, and over 40% of commercial properties are vandalised annually. This can be even more of a problem for vacant properties which are in isolated locations. But theft and vandalism are not the only security risks.
Security threats to the vacant property sector
Some of the most common security threats to vacant properties include fire and arson, water damage, terrorism, fly tipping, trespassing or squatting. It’s not just new construction sites that face major security threats, as any vacant property can be at risk, particularly when empty for long periods of time. Around one in every six properties is at risk of flood damage due to river, coastal or surface water and property that’s left empty for a considerable amount of time is more likely to suffer water leaks or burst pipes, particularly when inspections are not carried out regularly.
Fire and arson costs the construction industry £400mn annually, with around 11 fires happening each day. In total, about 60 fires happen daily in the UK and are often close to derelict or vacant property. Fire is even more likely if properties are occupied by squatters. Squatting is not illegal in commercial properties, and property landlords will need to pay substantial sums to remove squatters and make good any damage.
These are just some of the hazards faced by property owners with vacant premises, so carrying out an effective risk analysis to mitigate the risks and put in place the best security solutions can be critical for anybody who owns vacant property.
When properties are scheduled to be empty for a while it’s important to remove any combustible materials, seal up all letterboxes and ensure utilities are switched off and drained. Property owners should carry out comprehensive risk assessments on-site to ensure any potential hazards are identified. This makes it easier to put in place the best solutions tailored to individual properties.
Some of the accepted ways to combat risks to vacant properties include:
– putting in place deterrents – providing adequate risk detection methods – having a speedy response to deal with threats
Different types of vacant property sector security services
We offer comprehensive risk analysis solutions to help identify the kinds of risks likely to be faced by owners of vacant properties. Some of the professional security solutions we can put in place include:
– Manned guarding, which can be an extremely effective security measure for vacant properties, although this can be the most expensive solution. Opting for guarded property means vacant premises are inspected on a regular basis, so any potential damage from water leaks is detected far more speedily.
– Keyholding, mobile patrols and alarm response can be a more cost-effective security solution for some vacant property and offers the same sort of advantages as manned guarding.
– Wireless CCTV systems are also available for vacant sites and these can be solar, wind or battery powered to suit owner requirements (insert link: https://www.videofied.com/).
– Concrete barriers and fencing are effective short term solutions for some vacant properties.
– Wireless alarm systems can also be a useful deterrent.
We also provide cleaning and clearance services for sites subjected to fly tipping or illegal occupation.
Commercial keyholding, mobile security services and alarm response. Almost all break-ins at commercial premises occur out of hours. Therefore, we offer commercial keyholding and alarm response service that involves deploying an SIA licensed security guard.
Residential keyholding and alarm response with optional inspections. Protecting your property, whether residential or commercial, is something that concerns everyone, especially when the property is being left vacant for more than a few days.
We are the leading provider of planned and unplanned emergency responses. Keysure has a highly experienced support infrastructure and management team, over 10 years of trading, and is a member of the SIA-approved contractor scheme.
Our services are rated in the top 15% within our classification of all Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved professionals across the country.
We only supply completely certified and expertly trained security personnel to offer you overall self-confidence that your properties are in safe hands.
At the outset of any security-based discussion, our first step is to constantly talk about and fully comprehend your particular security needs. Our belief is that, just by completely engaging with your business, can we then figure out the optimum and most cost-efficient solution to suit your individual requirements. At this point, we can then establish and customize a bespoke option that works for you.
All help desk staff are trained in maintenance problems and supported by a technical team. We incorporate the assistance desk with our nationwide supply chain that’s established to provide reactive, prepared, and compliance upkeep services.
This means that, whether you contact us by telephone, e-mail, or through the Desk service, our actions to your requests are intelligent, cost-efficient, and timely. We get you the right tradesperson to fix your problem to affect a novice fix.
Outstanding interaction is at the heart of our assistance desk. At all times– whether we’re overseeing an emergency multi-trade 2-hour action to your website or handling your electrical, fire, and gas compliance– we keep you totally notified.