4 Tips to Secure Your Site during Covid Shutdown

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.

VPS Portal
VPS Alert Tower

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.

VPS Steel screens
VPS Inspections

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)
07738 181900