Vacant Property Security

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Vacant Property Services

Vacant properties can be a target for vandalism, squatters, and burglaries, making it crucial to secure them properly. That’s where we come in. Our team specialises in protecting vacant properties and ensuring they remain safe and secure.

With the right security measures in place, you can protect yourself from the risks of leaving your property vacant and ensure your property is safe and secure.

We recommend to all clients that a vacant property risk assessment is completed as early as possible, ideally before the property becomes vacant. This report will highlight vulnerable areas of the asset and ensure that the building complies with void property insurance requirements, we also provide recommendations as part of the assessment which will form your vacant asset plan, any works completed to secure the asset are undertaken by our specialist vacant property operatives.

Cleans & Clearances

Cleans and clearances are a very important aspect of void properties. In commercial settings, we make sure your property is cleared to make it less desirable for thieves and also ensure there are no items that could cause a fire risk. In terms of social housing, cleans and clearance are essential to turn a void property back to lettable standard as efficiently as possible for the housing association or local council to continue earning revenue on the property, we have experienced teams that complete all kinds of specialist cleans, contact the team today to find out more.

Vacant Property Alarms

Temporary alarm systems can be used in void properties and act as your eyes and ears, through robust systems that we monitor remotely. We are then alerted of an intruder and sent a short video clip that is reviewed by our team. We would then act to agreed client escalation processes which ensure the threat is dealt with efficiently and effectively. These systems are hired on a weekly basis meaning you have full flexibility of managing your vacant property security.

Steel Security Sheeting

Securing windows and doors with steel security sheeting is an excellent way to protect a vacant property. We use perforated sheets that allow ventilation and light to still access the property. We also measure and cut the steel on site to the size of the opening and fit into the reveal, achieving the maximum level of security with steel sheeting. This is also more tidy and aesthetically pleasing than other options. If you are looking for a solution to keep burglars and squatters out of your asset, contact us today to find out more.

Vacant Property Inspections

Inspections are essential to ensure your property complies with your void property insurance. They also provide early identification of remedial issues that might be need to be resolved, for example if a vacant property has a leak. Without inspections it might go unnoticed for months, however with regular inspections we would identify the leak, include this on your VPI report and offer a solution via our reactive repairs service to prevent further damage to your property. We also ensure that the property remains secure and that no areas have been breached.

Concrete Barriers

In some cases, concrete barriers may be necessary to secure a vacant property, for example when dealing with a larger site with multiple buildings. We can install these barriers to prevent vehicular access and further secure the property. Concrete barriers can be used on vacant buildings or active buildings to prevent vehicle access to a certain area of a site, this might be to prevent fly tipping or unauthorised access.

Sharps Removal & Disposal

Vacant properties can sometimes be used as a dumping ground for hazardous materials such as needles and syringes. Vacant property also attract drug users who can leave behind dangerous drug paraphernalia that needs to be removed to protect the public or building tenants. If you notice sharps on your site/s, they will likely require a full needle sweep by our experienced team to clear the danger and leave the site safe.

Pest Control

All properties can attract pests such as mice, rats, and insects. As such your vacant properties are no different. We offer pest control services to ensure the property is free from pests and secure from any potential damage they may cause. We're expert in using a range of professional tactics, from traps to chemical treatments depending on the area in question. Our specialist teams use a range of solutions to treat a pest problem. They understand that you cannot treat the issue effectively, unless you locate the source of the problem. The majority of the time the answer is a food source for the pests in question. Once the source is identified and eliminated, we then provide recommendations to prevent pests from accessing the property.

A Vacant Property is a Vulnerable Property

Vacant Property Security is important for protecting people, property and assets. It is critical to ensure proper security measures are in place to prevent theft, vandalism, and other criminal activity.

Security measures may include video surveillance, security guards, access control, alarms, and perimeter fencing. It is also important to ensure that proper lighting and signage is in place to alert potential intruders that the property is being monitored and protected. Proper security measures can help to protect the property and its contents, while also helping to prevent liability issues related to security breaches.

Why Choose Oculus Facilities Management?

At Oculus we set ourselves very high standards ensuring that we provide our clients with the best possible vacant property solutions

Oculus Security Solutions Limited currently holds SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) status for the provision of Security Guarding and Key Holding.

Frequently Asked Questions

The costs associated with vacant property security solutions can vary widely depending on the types and levels of services required. Factors include the size of the property, the specific security measures chosen, and the duration of service.

Customisation of services for different types of properties typically involves assessing the unique risks and requirements of each property. A residential property might prioritise intruder alarms and regular inspections, while commercial properties could require more robust measures like steel security and concrete barriers.

Clients usually can choose a combination of security measures tailored to their needs. The consultation process with a security provider like Oculus FM would involve a thorough assessment of the property’s vulnerabilities, followed by recommendations for the most effective security solutions.

Yes, we have direct experience in offering a range of services designed to keep vacant properties safe and secure. This is done through some key tasks includes in our protection plan, such as vacant property alarms, property clearances, vacant property inspections and steel security sheeting.

The frequency of vacant property inspections depends on the nature of your vacant property. For example, a new development awaiting residents may require daily inspections given their value. That said derelict properties also offer a different set of challenges if not properly secured. We can also install temporary CCTV systems to help secure your vacant property.

Yes. For all of our vacant property and additional security services, the first step is to undertake a detailed needs analysis to identify the best solution to keep your site safe and secure.

We can offer both short and long-term vacant property protection, depending on the details of how long you anticipate your properties to be vacant for. If you need a long-term solution, CCTV monitoring can be a cost effective option to consider.