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Vacant Property Security

Vacant Scottish properties are frequently and commonly targets of criminal activity, including vandalism, fly-tipping and squatting. Furthermore, the value of some of the remaining materials such as tiling or valuable copper pipes and other metalwork attracts the attention of thieves. When such incidents occur, the stress to the owner or the management can be significant.

Properties left vacant are susceptible to deterioration at a far greater rate compared to those that are occupied, which is why it is vitally important to ensure that expert vacant property security is employed. This should include the clearing and cleaning of the property, utility isolation, security both internally and externally and regular property inspections. By taking such precautions, you will ensure that you are complying with your insurance obligations and maintaining the value of your property asset.

Steel Security Doors

This uniquely designed Clearway Keyless Toreadoor steel door was the very first of its type to be awarded the LPS1175 standard, which credits it with approval from the UK Police & Insurance. With a host of unique security features, this steel door is highly resistant to high impact forces and repeated aggressive attempts at invasion.

It’s worth highlighting that the Toreadoor keyless steel security door still provides easy and reliable everyday access for staff and other authorised personnel, which is reassuring for those that are concerned about having to call for assistance to gain access or for lost or misplaced keys. A key operated steel security door is available as an alternative.

Steel Security Screens

Clearway’s steel security panels are designed completely cover each window frame. The steel panels are a pre-formed, rigid box shape and, due to the fact that they are securely attached to an internal steel frame, they cause little to no damage to the window frames themselves. They are each made from a single sheet of high quality zinc-coated, painted, perforated steel and, once fitted, will completely cover each window of the property, either individually or as locked-together multiples for larger openings. Tamper-proof bolts ensure that they cannot be removed by vandals.

Electronic Security

The Clearway Solo Alarm was specifically designed to tackle the unique requirements of vacant commercial or residential properties in Scotland, which often have no telephone line or mains power. The Solo Alarm is a stand-alone alarm system that is fully monitored and wire-free, that overcomes the lack of mains power by being fully battery operated and using mobile network connectivity to alert users to activations. The Clearway Solo Alarm can be fitted, commissioned, tested and fully operational in only 20 minutes.

Verified Video Alarm

Clearway’s Verified Video Alarm system is fully power independent and can be used internally or externally. Individual or multiple camera devices can be used that will, upon activation, capture a short video clip and send it immediately to a recipient or monitoring station via the mobile network. The system is designed to provide video verification of the cause of the activation

The inView Verified Video system offers users a reliable and instant notification of the different activation types that can occur at vacant properties, including human entry and the less-serious wildlife factor. Crucially, it allows the monitoring station, or recipient responsible for monitoring, to differentiate between false alarms and genuine activations, thereby taking appropriate action quickly, which can include the notification of security services or the police.

This system is available with a range of features and options, including both interior and exterior PIR cameras, with daytime and night vision capability. In terms of battery life, the inView Verified Video System and control panels can last up to 4 years.

Perimeter Security

When it comes to perimeter security and the management of vehicle access onto your site, concrete blocks with a temporary steel mesh panel and telescopic bollards are very effective at preventing fly-tippers, intruders and those that you wish to prevent illegally accessing or occupying your property or land, from gaining entry.

Clearway’s concrete blocks are quick to install and highly effective at preventing access to compounds, fields, car parks and forecourts by those with no permission or authority to do so. Common uses include for the prevention of terrorist attacks and ram-raids on public areas and other important buildings. Additionally, concrete blocks are very effective when it comes to protecting members of the public from dangerous traffic, as well as preventing fly-tippers and squatters from your site or property.

Property Inspections

UK law dictates that the owners of a property are fully responsible and liable for the safety of anyone who enters, and this includes vacant properties. This can include, but is not limited to, authorised sub-contractors, agents and developers as well as unauthorised trespassers, squatters and children playing or exploring.

It’s vital for regular property inspections to be carried out on vacant properties because they provide an advanced warning of any weaknesses and vulnerabilities before they turn into much larger, more significant issues. All of our property inspections include a detailed report that will assist the owner of the property in meeting their insurance requirements.

Exterior Checks

Assessing the integrity of the building security, a well as highlighting any attempts at intrusion, rubbish dumping and the current state of land maintenance by thoroughly inspecting the exterior of the property. 

Utility Checks

This will involve manual checks of the gas, water and electric meters, with photographs taken of the readings for each one.

Interior Checks

Inspecting the interior of a property for signs of intrusion, as well as providing recommendations for any maintenance and repairs that may be required in order to prevent damage to the premises. This can include making the property wind and watertight, or removing or preventing infestations and leaks.

A Permanent Record

A record of every inspection that requires maintenance, going forward.

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