During these unprecedented times if you have had to close your office, business, pub, restaurant or leisure facility contact VPS to find out how we can help you to protect your property and mitigate the risks of vacancy, giving you one less thing to worry about!
We have asked David Wormald, our key account director, for four tips on how best to keep your site secure during this time.
Highlight your “high” and “low” risk sites
Security isn’t a one size fits all, no two sites are ever the same. It also doesn’t make sense to spend unnecessarily on one site in a safer area when the budget could be used to increase security on another high-risk site. If you are a VPS customer login to our portal and you can see the most recent crime stats surrounding all of your properties. This is a excellent way to find which sites which need the most attention.
Technology To Be Your Eyes And Ears
Having a temporary, wireless, monitored alarm system with both intruder and fire detection is what we would recommend. This means nobody will have to be on site unless the alarm is triggered, and a response team have to attend. For larger more complex sites CCTV towers would be best suited. VPS have CCTV towers which run on battery, diesel, hydrogen or solar so they can be installed in locations without a mains electricity supply extremely rapidly.
Have a Physical Deterrent
Having a physical deterrent is the best way to slow down anybody looking to access your property and stops the opportunist thief. The main ways to accomplish this is using concrete barriers to block vehicles, hears fencing to block pedestrians entering site and steel to cover openings. With some high-risk sites a manned guard may also be necessary. This is especially true of sites that may be at risk of squatters. With the current shut down the time taken to have them removed will be prolonged, significantly increasing the damage that could be caused.
Inspections to keep you updated
Having your property inspected weekly is usually a requirement by your insurance provider. Not only does it tick this box, but it also allows you to get a weekly update across all sites in your portfolio without leaving your home. This can alert you to any maintenance issues that may have been missed without regular checks of the site. Simply login to the VPS portal and have detailed updates of your sites at your fingertips.
We hope all our customers will stay healthy, both in body and in business. VPS will strive to meet all requests for additional temporary protection to their sites as quickly as we can.
To discuss any requirements, you may have please contact me using the information below and I will be happy to assist.
Key Account Director (Hospitality & Retail)