Securing and managing a vacant property
26 March 2020
Unoccupied property needs to be managed to prevent or limit issues that can lead to damage and additional cost. By taking a proactive approach, you can protect your premises so they remain a valuable asset for future development or sale.
Vacant property risks
- Fire caused by arson or a defective electrical installation
- Vandalism including malicious damage and graffiti
- Theft e.g. damage to the building when gaining access, theft of building materials and contents
- General deterioration caused by adverse weather or water ingress, possibly as a consequence of lack of maintenance
Securing vacant buildings
When a property appears to be empty, it can look like a soft target for criminals. As a property owner you need to protect your premises from intruders and malicious damage. You should take measures to:
Deter any potential intruders
Introduce additional security measures, visual deterrents and maintenance of the property
Detect any intrusion at the earliest opportunity so any damage is minimised
Conduct routine inspections and provide alarm protection
Manage lawful entry to the premises
Review existing safety arrangements for the property and implement any additional controls to ensure the safety of visitors. Our unoccupied property guidance goes into detail about how to secure your buildings.