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. View our vacant property security features below.
Vacant Property Security Frequently Asked Questions
Is it Possible to Have a Property Alarm Without Mains Power?
Yes, it certainly is. Clearway vacant property alarms are designed specifically for empty premises where alarm protection is vital to safeguard against intruders.
These vacant property alarm systems run from professional-grade battery packs. No mains power or hard-wired cabling is required, making them ideal for even remote locations, with reliable operation 24/7.
Which Regions Does the Clearway Vacant Property Team Cover?
Our vacant property security experts work with clients throughout the UK. Security services are available for all premises, from private residential homes to large commercial sites and empty units.
We have three primary depots covering Scotland, South England, Midlands and the North, ensuring nationwide coverage and a rapid response service wherever your property is based.
What is the Fastest Way to Safeguard a Vacant Property From Intruders?
There are multiple vacant property security options. The best solution for your property depends on what sort of criminal threats you wish to defend against, the type of empty property you own, and how long it is anticipated to remain vacant.
Some of the security measures available include:
- Boarding up or fitting steel security doors and screens.
- Installing a wireless vacant property alarm to deter criminals and alert the
- Clearway response team if a break-in is attempted.
- Using video verified alarms to monitor any visitors to your site.
- Hiring concrete barrier blocks to prevent vehicular access.
- Regular property security patrols or inspections.
Temporary CCTV solutions with automated activations.
If you are unsure which vacant property solutions are right for you, feel free to get in touch with the Clearway team at any time for independent recommendations.
Is an Alarm System the Best Way to Protect Empty Homes from Criminals?
Alarm systems are powerful security components that make an empty home far less attractive to thieves, vandals and squatters.
Where there is a higher risk or the property is a target for criminals due to high-value materials or contents, you might also opt for CCTV surveillance equipment and security inspections by a Clearway vacant property security team.
How Can I Prevent False Alarm Call Outs on a Vacant Building?
Many clients report that they haven’t installed any alarm system on a vacant building due to repeated false alarm call-outs. We appreciate that these can be disruptive and time-consuming, particularly when during unsociable hours.
Video verified alarms are an ideal option. Each activation triggers video footage captures streamed in real-time to your remote device. You can monitor the video and identify whether an intrusion is being attempted or whether the alarm sensor has been activated by wildlife.
What Happens If My Vacant Property Alarm is activated?
The appropriate action depends on whether you have commissioned Clearway to provide alarm monitoring and response services. In that case, the security team will receive an instant notification should the alarm be triggered.
Our Alarm Receiving Centre will then deploy an operational team, contact you or your site manager, or contact the emergency services as per your response protocols.
What is the Best Way to Stop Vandals from Smashing Glass on Vacant Buildings?
Boarding up is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your vacant buildings from vandals.
Clearway can supply and fit a range of boards, from short-term timber boards as a preventative measure to robust steel security screens with tamper-proof bolts.