Arson Awareness Week - 5 key actions to reduce arson

This week is Arson Aware­ness Week, which high­lights that almost half (47%) of all fires attend­ed to by the fire ser­vices are start­ed delib­er­ate­ly, some­times with a trag­ic cost of lives, and with a bill for insur­ance claims of £1.2 billion 

Last year 76,000 fires were as a result of arson – that’s over 200 a day across the UK – and vacant prop­er­ties in par­tic­u­lar are often targets. 

VPS Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices spe­cialise in pro­tect­ing prop­er­ties that are tem­porar­i­ly vacant or unoc­cu­pied, and their inspec­tors advise prop­er­ty own­ers and facil­i­ties man­agers how to reduce the risks of arson. Here are their top 5 priorities:

  1. Ensure com­bustible mate­ri­als are removed before they become a poten­tial tar­get for arson.
  2. Pro­tect your prop­er­ty. Seek an assess­ment and advice on secu­ri­ty, good light­ing and CCTV; use a let­ter­box seal if the prop­er­ty is to be vacant for a while – mea­sures that will act as deter­rents to an arsonist.
  3. There are spe­cial­ist fire alert sys­tems designed for tem­porar­i­ly emp­ty sites which are easy to install, wire­less and do not require build­ing remod­el­ling but still meet fire safe­ty standards.
  4. Adopt a rig­or­ous inspec­tion pro­ce­dure when leav­ing a prop­er­ty vacant, ensur­ing: — Exter­nal doors are locked Inter­nal doors are closed — No unau­tho­rised per­sons are left on the premis­es — No accu­mu­la­tion of waste or rub­bish — Alarms are switched on
  5. Take advice and respon­si­bil­i­ty and think of ways in which some­one could start a fire inside or out­side of your prop­er­ty. Act on any issues you find.

VPS Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices are part of the VPS Group that spe­cialise in pro­tect­ing peo­ple, prop­er­ty and assets, by secur­ing, main­tain­ing and man­ag­ing prop­er­ties across a wide range of cus­tomer and indus­try sec­tors. Core build­ing ser­vices cov­er the vacant, unoc­cu­pied and void prop­er­ty life­cy­cle from an ini­tial risk assess­ment, to secu­ri­ty, includ­ing guard­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, clear­ing, main­te­nance and also secu­ri­ty through occu­pa­tion’, via their VPS prop­er­ty guardians service.

Remove combustible materials