Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Under: Security Services
Having any property vacant, whether it's your primary home, holiday home or business property, it comes with its fair share of risks. Vacant properties tend to be broken into, they are destroyed, they have graffiti written on them and so much more. Trying to avoid the risk of all this happening requires you finding a reliable and reputable vacant property security solutions provider who can help you manage your property effectively, keeping it in great condition for when you need it next.
The first step is to go online and start looking at all the companies offering security services. Choose a minimum of three companies offering vacant property security in your local area. Three is a good number as it enables you to review and compare the companies against each other and find that one company you feel you can work with now and moving forward.
Any security company you choose for your vacant property security should have experienced teams. In the United Kingdom, all security personnel must be licensed with the SIA or Security Industry Authority. The license is issued once they have the relevant training and certification. Don't be shy to ask the security personnel when they arrive on site to see their SIA license before giving them access to your property.
The company you choose should be able to provide you with more than security teams, they should also be able to make recommendations and offer advice on numerous security products which you can take advantage of to deter burglars and keep your property in the best condition. Security products can include everything from alarm systems to gates and CCTV cameras to grilles and more. Speak to the company and see if they can put a vacant property security plan in place, a package deal that includes your products and services in one monthly payment.
Always check with the company how often their mobile security patrols will pass your property during the day and night. Most security services will send out a patrol car the instant the alarm sounds, but they should also drive by constantly, looking for suspicious behaviour and ensuring that your property is in good condition at all times.
One of the biggest mistakes so many people make when it comes to the security of their vacant property is to automatically take the cheapest deal. While the property may be standing empty or vacant, this doesn't meant that it doesn't deserve good security. In fact an empty property that may or may not be furnished requires tighter security than a home which constantly has people coming and going.
In addition to all of this, you are going to want to take the time to go through the company's reviews. Ask them for some of the current companies and homes in your local area that they are currently providing their services to. Follow up on these references to put your own mind at ease. You can then make use of the internet, looking for independent review sites and online forums where you can find honest customer feedback and reviews. Never rely on what you find on the company's website alone. You will be amazed how this one step, which only takes a few minutes, can narrow down your search considerably.
Ensure you take the time when the vacant property security contract arrives to read it, going through every point with a fine tooth comb. This is an essential step to ensure that you are happy and agree with all the terms listed. Only once you are happy and feel confident with the company should you sign on the dotted line.
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