When it comes to breaking and entering, vandalism, arson, and other property crimes, most trespassers tend to be opportunistic in nature. This is what makes a vacant property an appealing target for these kinds of intruders.
Here are five ways to effectively secure vacant properties:
1. RISK ASSESSMENT
A risk assessment is just that – a way of determining the specific risks associated with your vacant property. The results of a risk assessment are often eye-opening. Not only do they detail opportunities for intruders, but they also cover the security measures in place to mitigate against them. Most importantly, a risk assessment will advise the best way to protect your empty building.
If there is nobody at your property, you can’t rely on the existing lock to keep out intruders. Even the sturdiest door can be popped open with a few determined kicks to the right weak spot. You can upgrade to a high-grade security lock to prevent easy tampering, though it may be wiser to invest in a security shutter or a metal security door.
Windows are an easier target than doors if someone is already aware that your building is empty. This is especially true if the property in question is in an isolated area, unlikely to be troubled by the sound of breaking glass. You have a range of options here, including bars, shutters, and boards – all of which are effective deterrents.
4. CAMERAS AND LIGHTS
A CCTV set-up can often be enough to put off even the most determined trespasser. After all, the last thing these people want is to end up with their faces on camera. A combination of security lights, cameras, and speakers ensures that a would-be intruder is fully visible on cameras.
Regular inspections are a key part of managing your vacant properties. They serve two purposes. First, if anybody is keeping an eye on the building, they will be able to see people coming and going at intervals, which may be enough to make them think twice. More importantly, these inspections ensure that all the rest of your security measures are fully-operational.
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