As lockdown 2.0 looms, the increased likelihood of many commercial properties across the UK will be left empty and unused for a month (potentially more). This comes with a set of risks that must be mitigated to ensure business safety during this tumultuous time in history.
If landlords and businesses manage their empty premises during this uncertain time properly then risks can be reduced. Empty commercial properties can become a target for opportunistic criminals, or they can attract occupiers such as squatters.
There is an increased rise in vacant properties across the UK. particularly with high street shops suffering during lockdown and having to close. So how can landlords and businesses mitigate these risks and issues, and secure their commercial property?
1. Install steel window security
As vacant properties run a higher risk of attracting trespassers, criminal damage and theft, squatters and even arson, securing your commercial property are absolutely crucial. When it comes to securing your commercial property, start with securing any vulnerable windows. You can use galvanised steel, and add anti-tamper security screws to make the building impenetrable.
2. Regularly inspect the vacant property
Without any occupants to notice gradual deterioration, or act as a deterrent, it is necessary for you to carry regular inspections to monitor the property during this time. Successful monitoring of the property includes maintaining security, inspecting the utilities and clearing any build-up of rubbish or signs that lead outsiders to believe the property is vacant and unused.
3. Install steel security doors
Access to any building can be gained through key entry points, such as the doors. Therefore, it is essential that these are regularly checked and the front door secured with solid steel. You can fit deadlocks, and enable entry by authorised access only with keyholders.
4. Decommission any unused utilities
There are additional risks associated with leaving a commercial property vacant over winter. For example, the central heating and water systems should be drained down. This is to prevent damage from the freezing temperatures that we all know and love occur at that time of year. In conjunction with this, if there are any sprinkler systems then the heating system thermostat should be set to a minimum temperature to prevent the pipes from bursting, as well as reducing the risk of flooding.
5. Install intruder alarms and fire alarms in the vacant property
Criminal damage such as your commercial property is the victim of theft, vandalism, arson and trespassing can cause damage to a vacant property. If you have an immediate alert system which notifies you that an intruder has entered the property or premises, then you can deal with unauthorised activity at your business with a timely response. If you hire a security company then when unauthorised activity is picked up, they can dispatch a security officer to your property immediately.
To secure your vacant commercial property, it is advisable to fit the building and surrounding grounds with an intruder alarm system – these can be rented if you’d like it to be temporary and only during the period in which the property is empty.
Contact TLG Management (UK) Ltd
If you need assistance with making sure that your commercial property is secure from burglaries, theft, trespassing and squatters, please feel free to contact our team; we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us today on 0845 118 0002, or through filling out our online enquiry form, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.