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Securing Empty and Vacant Properties in the UK

There are many reasons why a property may be empty, sometimes for long periods of time. There may be damage awaiting repair, which makes the property unlivable in its current state, there may be excessive asbestos or other hazardous waste material like needles from squatters awaiting professional removal or perhaps there is simply nobody putting themselves forward to take the property for other reasons. Whatever the reason for it being left empty, it is crucial that your property is properly secured and insecure properties can fall foul to a number of unwanted eventualities such as squatters, damage, vandalism and even arson (source: Secure Site).

There are many ways to secure a property and this may depend on the property itself, the nature of what you are trying to deter and keep out and the budget available for deterrents and protection options.

Security Guards

This is one of the most established methods of keeping unwanted visitors from accessing a property. By having a visible security presence, the vast majority of squatters, burglars, vandals and all others will feel threatened by a professional protecting the property. It is important that security companies used to supply the personnel provide professionals who are accredited and fully licences by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). This accreditation is approved by the UK Home Office and requires members to adhere to a number of standards and requirements, ensuring proper protection, higher standards and professionalism.

An issue with employing security guards to look after a piece of land or a property is that the costs can be quite high. The fee you pay will need to pay for the guard themselves, the company’s fee and sometimes additional anti-social hour fees (if utilised overnight, on weekends and holidays.)

Physical Barrier Protection

One of the most efficient methods of protection, this can include a multitude of barriers that deter intruders and keep the premises or land secure and contained, away from public access. Depending on the scope of protection needed and the budget available to cover the barriers or fencing, there are no shortages of options here.

There are temporary solutions such as steel fencing that can deter intruders from non-permanent or shorter-term sites such as building sites or festival sites. For premises requiring a more permanent and longer-term solution of barrier protection, concrete barriers are available that can ward off personnel and vehicles. Also available are wooden hoarding options that can stay in place for many years at relatively low costs and with controlled access points for when entry is permitted, say for builders or other personnel.

Close Circuit Television (CCTV)

CCTV allows for a great degree of flexibility and is a tried and tested method of deterrence and helps secure prosecutions for those who do unlawfully enter a premises or restricted piece of land. There are permanent, wired and established cameras available, which can remain in place once the property has been filled or occupied. There are also a variety of options for CCTV that is remotely monitored and accessed.

Furthermore, you can opt for options of CCTV whereby you are notified remotely only when movement is detected at the premises, which often gives managers and owners the peace of mind that they will receive alerts only when something untoward is afoot. 

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