Vacant Properties Have Unique Security Needs

Your Professional Security Consultants Can Help Find The Right Solutions

Whether it’s a “summer home” owned by a family or retired couple, or a slack-capacity warehouse maintained for periodic use by a logistics company… or a property that’s awaiting sale for any one of a variety of reasons… you don’t have to look very far in most communities to find a property that spends the majority of its time unoccupied.

Vacant properties are susceptible to a number of crimes, and there are bad guys out there looking to exploit substandard security and abuse vacant properties all the time.  Theft… vandalism… and, of course, use and abuse of the property by vagrants are top headaches for owners of vacant properties.

An investor needs to protect a home she’s hoping to “flip” from being the unauthorized hang-out for underage drinkers… or even worse groups of intruders.

A property manager must keep gangs from “marking” or otherwise vandalizing a storage facility his firm only uses for a few weeks each year, during the run-up to the holidays.

From “snowbird” condos in warm climates used only in the winter by vacationing retirees who live full-time in snowy northern cities, to the largest for-sale office building or industrial complex, vacant properties exist within a wide range of types.

And your security professionals will tell you the options for securing these properties cover a fairly wide range, as well.

Professional Security Assessment

Start With A Professional Security Assessment

Your qualified security consultants will conduct a thorough assessment of your vacant property’s situation and key vulnerabilities, seeking to find just the right plan to fit your property… and your security budget.

A live security-officer presence is often still the best way to keep things as safe and secure as possible on your property.  When that’s determined to be the case, your security consultants will advise you as to the proper training of the personnel who’ll be doing the patrolling, the type and frequency of patrols needed, and every detail down to the customization of the officer’s uniform to provide just the right presence.

What will officers do during their routine patrols and check-ins?  Should they be tasked with checking vehicles?  Identifying and admitting (or denying admittance to) visitors to the property?

Your security firm will also make suggestions regarding how emergencies should be handled

Remote Security Options

Technology can also be a help in securing vacant properties.  Cameras, wiring, and recording devices are all popular (and often cost-effective) choices.

There are products and systems on the market which allow you to secure entrances and basic building “vulnerabilities,” and to have alerts sent electronically (to you or to law enforcement, or to both) when a likely intrusion is taking place.

These can be quite effective in many cases… but they’re not fool-proof.  Thieves have been known to locate and cut the power sources which drive these systems – and then it’s a simple matter of waiting for the back-up batteries to die, granting the bad guys unfettered access.

Another caution with regard to remote systems: In the unfortunate event of a fire on your vacant property, these remote solutions can provide a hurdle to strangers you want to be able to break in (firefighters).  If your security consultants suggest a remote system should be part of your vacant-property security plan, ask how you should coordinate the use of this technology with the local fire department.

Vacant property security is not a perfect “exact science.”  You can’t really thwart every possible break-in attempt or criminal activity.  But you can make things a lot more difficult for the perpetrators, and your professional security advisors can help show you how.  And when yours is the most difficult target in the neighborhood, the bad guys are likely to move on to something else.

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