Illegal raves this month will cost property owners and insurers millions

aftermath of a rave can costs £100,000s to remedy

Reports this month have high­light­ed that up to 5,000 ille­gal raves could take place across the UK, as licensed music venues have been forced to shut and music fans seek oth­er out­lets. (‘Mil­lions of peo­ple expect­ed to attend ille­gal raves over the New Year week­end’)

Secu­ri­ty experts have issued a stark warn­ing that the cost for own­ers and insur­ance com­pa­nies for such events will cost millions. 

Nicholas Bye, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Direc­tor for the VPS Group, said If you own or man­age an emp­ty ware­house, retail shop or com­mer­cial prop­er­ty, then you should be aware that organ­is­ers of these ille­gal music events are hunt­ing for such sites. Advance pub­lic­i­ty for events can attract thou­sands of music fans to a near­by trans­port hub, and then the final loca­tion details are released on social media min­utes before it starts. By then, it’s prob­a­bly too late to stop the event from tak­ing place, and the dam­age to the build­ing, not just in terms of rub­bish, graf­fi­ti and left-over NO2 can­nis­ters, but some­times to the struc­ture itself, can costs £100,000s to repair and remedy.”

If only a tenth of the pre­dict­ed 5,000 unli­censed music events takes place this New Year’s Eve, that would like­ly cost own­ers and insur­ance com­pa­nies well in excess of £30 mil­lion, and poten­tial­ly over £50 mil­lion. Any­thing close to the num­ber of events pre­dict­ed and the esti­mates start to reach a bil­lion pounds.” 

Mr Bye described how a 247 mon­i­tored alarm sys­tem installed in a vacant ware­house facil­i­ty in Park Roy­al, Lon­don, was trig­gered on Decem­ber 30th last year, when a group entered the prop­er­ty through a fire door. This alert­ed the Alarm Response Cen­tre who con­tact­ed the Police and also sent a response team to inspect the break-in. VPS’ staff were on site with­in 42 min­utes to find a high­ly organ­ised group set­ting up equip­ment for an ille­gal rave. 

Over 2,500 tick­ets had been sold for the rave at £25 each and the group had hard wired their sound equip­ment into the building’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem.” Mr Bye explained. We installed 4 guards to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion overnight, work­ing around the clock and with their tenac­i­ty and exper­tise, the team man­aged to coax the organiser

out of the build­ing the next day. We’ve also been called in after an unse­cured ware­house with­out a mon­i­tored alarm sys­tem was used for a sim­i­lar event. The own­er had not com­plied with the insur­ance for the build­ing, and he was left with a bill for £60,000 in repairs and clean-up. Our advice is sim­ple – this time round, be fore­warned AND forearmed.”