Because of the widespread disruption to businesses that Covid-19 has caused, we are now living in an era of increased home working. Whether we’re pro-WFH or not, the simple truth is that office buildings’ are often left empty with little to no purpose. Our kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and studies are the new venue to carry out our professions.
There are many benefits to both businesses and individuals when it comes to working from home. However, some organisations are making difficult strategic decisions when it comes to their office building: to keep or not to keep.
For landlords, this means that many businesses are deciding not to renew their office or commercial lease, leading to a significant rise in vacant properties across the UK, but particularly in large towns and cities. Squatting is only illegal in residential properties, not commercial premises.
With vacant properties and squatters occupying commercial buildings on the increase, how can you make sure your commercial property is secure?
3 ways to secure a vacant property
1. Secure the perimeter of your vacant property
Depending on the size and scope of your commercial property, the external boundary needs securing. This could be as simple as putting up a fence or wall between the property and the street access point or any public areas. When you have secured your boundaries, you can then begin to figure out the best position for security cameras and CCTV surveillance.
2. Provide a warning to trespassers
Alongside creating a boundary, you should also have very clear signage that outlines the exact line in which trespassers should not cross.
3. Invest in surveillance technology
Vacant properties should be monitored at all times. Especially because there is an increased potential for intrusion. One excellent way of monitoring a vacant property is by installing different surveillance, such as CCTV security cameras.
Other ways you can protect and secure a vacant property include:
- Befriending your neighbours, if in a residential area
- Removing the waste frequently
- Keep everything locked, and visible so
- Change the locks if necessary
- Make sure your windows are secure
- Install clear and good security warning signage
When to arrange security for your vacant property
When’s the best time to arrange protection for your vacant property? Today is a perfect day. The longer you wait, the more potential for intrusion is likely to occur. For even more peace of mind, you can arrange mobile patrols of the vacant site on a scheduled or ad-hoc basis to ensure even better security for your vacant property.
Contact TLG Management (UK) Ltd
Interested in finding out more about our business site security and property protection services? 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.