Peace and Goodwill: Top Six Tips to keep your Vacant Premises secure this winter

Winter security starts with the gate!

They’re sim­ple and straight­for­ward, and most­ly pret­ty obvi­ous – per­haps that’s why so many peo­ple over­look them! 

SECURE WIN­DOWS AND DOORS

It feels almost embar­rass­ing to call this a tip, but how many of you actu­al­ly, phys­i­cal­ly, do the walk, check these entry points by push­ing against them, espe­cial­ly (but not exclu­sive­ly) on the ground floor? Prob­a­bly the major­i­ty of thefts occur when some­one tests a win­dow, finds it either unlocked or on its last hinges, and just has to prise it open. Use steel screens for par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble prop­er­ties. Check perime­ter fenc­ing too. Walk the walk!

DON’T HIDE SPARE KEYS UNDER THE MAT, THE BIN, ONSTRING THROUGH THE LET­TER BOX 

Crikey, some old chest­nuts nev­er age. It only takes a pass­er-by, or some­one liv­ing oppo­site, to see you bend down once, remove the key, and your hid­ing place is secret no more. Go 21stCen­tu­ry and use a Smart­Lock­Box, dammit, or a Blue­tooth Smart­Door.

ADDSECU­RI­TY ALARM SYSTEM

Well, of course, we would say that wouldn’t we, since we’ve been design­ing them and sell­ing them for over 25 years. But they work! They deter! AND you don’t have to spend a for­tune these days to get an effec­tive secu­ri­ty alarm. They pos­sess a vari­ety of func­tions which bur­glars hate: bright lights, noise and video record­ing. CCTV can be mon­i­tored 247 watch­ing over your premis­es through­out the hol­i­day sea­son. It’s called PEACE OF MIND.

KEEP YOUR SUR­ROUND­ING GROUNDS OR YARD TIDY

Make sure plant, equip­ment, fuel is packed and locked away for the win­ter, that com­bustibles are removed or stored secure­ly, shrubs or large plants trimmed so tres­passers can’t hide in the shad­ows, and…LADDERS on your premis­es need to be secure­ly attached to a wall or locked away.

WHO’S NEXT DOOR?

Like a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood watch, if you are a busi­ness own­er, then a rela­tion­ship with neigh­bour­ing busi­ness­es can play an impor­tant role in security. 

DON’T LEAVE HIGH VAL­UE ITEMS VUL­NER­A­BLE OR ON DISPLAY

We’ve already men­tioned not leav­ing equip­ment on show, but that goes for oth­er items too – if you have a her­itage site that’s left unoc­cu­pied, or a for­mer pub or care home, peo­ple may assume there’s lead roofs, stone fire­places, cop­per tanks, bronze stat­ues, and the like – met­al theft is mak­ing a come­back, big time, so if you can’t lock, store, or remove valu­able items, get CCTV or guards in place soon.