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Vacant Property Security

Vacant properties are an invitation to trouble, causing stress for the owner or management: everything from squatters and fly-tipping, to destructive vandals or thieves stealing the roof tiles or copper pipes.

The fabric of a vacant property deteriorates far quicker than an occupied premises so expert management in the form of clear-and-clean, utility drain-down/isolation, both internal and external security and regular property inspections are essential to ensuring insurance compliance and maintaining the value of the asset.

Steel Doors

Designed from the ground up, the Clearway Keyless Toreadoor was the first of its kind to be accredited to the LPS1175 standard, receiving UK Police & Insurance approval and incorporates many unique security features which specifically provide continued resistance to high-impact assault and/or repeated attempts at intrusion.

Significantly, Toreadoors also allow easy management of access for authorised personnel, removing concerns for the property owner or manager of lost or missing keys, or being called out simply to provide access as required. A key-operated version is also available.

Steel Screens/Perforated Steel

Clearways’steel security panels are prefabricated from a single sheet of high-quality, zinc-coated, perforated steel that is folded to create a rigid box shape. They are fitted to the outside of the property completely covering each entire window and frame and, using tamper-proof bolts, screens are secured to an internal steel frame thereby causing little or no damage to the existing window frame.

By contrast, wooden boarding may cost less but is ineffective as it can easily be removed and may even provide fuel for would-be arson attacks.

The steel screens are perforated to allow ventilation and some light through and are painted a neutral stone colour. Where folded steel screens are not suitable, we will use sheets of perforated steel sheet, hand-cut on-site to fit difficult shapes or openings such as church arched or lancet windows.

Electronic Security

The Clearway Solo Alarm was designed specifically for use internally on vacant commercial and residential properties where no mains power or telephone line is available. The Solo alarm is a wire-free, stand-alone, monitored alarm system that uses the mobile network for communication that can be fitted, commissioned, verified and working to protect your property within 20 minutes.

With additional wireless detectors installed throughout the building the Solo Alarm can be configured to detect movement, smoke, fire, water, gas and broken glass.

Both internally and externally, a ‘verified video’ alarm system is also available which on activation sends a short, encrypted video clip of any detected intrusion for immediate action by the client or security monitoring station.

Verified Video Alarm

The Clearway inView Verified Video system is a battery powered internal or external alarm system that captures a short section of footage to immediately identify the cause of the activation and sends that, via the mobile network, to a predetermined recipient or monitoring station.

The Verified Video system is most commonly used to provide notification of different activation types, such as human entry or wildlife, especially where false alarms may be prevalent, allowing the monitoring service to determine the appropriate action to be taken and/or the security service or police to be deployed.

A range of options are available including indoor and outdoor PIR cameras with day/night visibility.

Battery life for all devices, including the control panel, is up to 4 years.

Perimeter Security

Concrete blocks, temporary steel mesh panel (Heras) fencing and telescopic bollards provide highly effective perimeter security and vehicle access management. Together, they prevent access from fly-tippers or those wishing to illegally occupy land or property.

Quick to install, concrete blocks are also highly effective at preventing unauthorised access to forecourts, car parks, fields and site compounds, and are commonly used to prevent ram-raiders or terrorist attacks on key buildings or public areas and are ideal for:

  • preventing unauthorised access to forecourts, car parks, fields and site compounds
  • preventing access to fly-tippers,  squatters and other illegal occupation
  • protecting buildings against ram-raiders and terrorist attacks
  • protecting pedestrians from traffic

Property Inspections

Under UK law, property owners are fully liable for the safety of everyone who enters their property, vacant or otherwise, whether they’re developers, agents, authorised sub-contractors, trespassers, squatters or simply children playing.

Regular property inspections provide advanced warning of any vulnerabilities before significant issues arise. A full report will assist the property owner in complying with relevant insurance requirements.

Property inspections include:

Exterior checks: Inspecting exterior of property to check on building security integrity, attempted intrusions, build-up of rubbish, land and garden maintenance, and any potential hazards to the public.

Utility checks: Gas, Water and Electric meter readings will be recorded along with photographic evidence on each visit.

Interior checks: Inspecting interior of premises for evidence of intruders and any essential maintenance required to prevent damage to the property i.e. wind & water tight, no leaks or infestation.

A permanent record: A log of every inspection to be maintained.

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