What Does a Secure Empty Property Look Like?

Appearances can be deceiving, as we all know, but how can paying attention to the appearance of your vacant property enhance its security?

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Short term security

For short term vacancies, such as between tenancies, keeping up the appearance of the property being in use is a good way to maintain security. This can be achieved by:

Maintaining the garden, and grounds – think seasonally and ensure leaves are swept up, weeds are kept down and fruits are picked rather than left rotting on trees.

  • Having the property visited and locks checked regularly.
  • Using heavy duty and visible locks and ensuring regular contact with trustworthy, easy to contact key-holders.
  • Using timers to switch lights on after dark;
  • Having neighbours park in the drive or in allocated bays, again to maintain the appearance of routines.
  • Putting fake plants in windows.
  • Having an alarm or dummy alarm fitted, as a visible deterrent.
  • Having a house sitter if possible – the property won’t just appear occupied and less vulnerable it actually will be.

Prolonged vacant property protection

There are many reasons why a property stays vacant for a longer term, for example when awaiting planning consent to refurbish an empty property or during lengthy probate processes. In such cases, it’s not usually possible to keep that lived-in appearance up in the long term, so more stringent security measures will be needed. Basics should include:

  • Installing visible security measures, such as, alarms, warning signs such as Neighbourhood Watch, Beware of the Dog or your chosen security company as a visible deterrent.
  • Installing easy to spot monitored CCTV to act as a deterrent and record for when incidents do occur.
  • Installing security screens, to act as both a visible deterrent and an actual barrier to unauthorised access.
  • Removing waste regularly – to reduce the likelihood of becoming a spot for fly-tipping which once started can be costly to remove.

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