Locking Down A Vacant Commercial Property

October 1 2021

Sometimes, commercial property isn't being used. It might be a vacant storefront, or you might just have an office building that isn't being fully utilised. Either way, if you want to make sure that even your vacant property is secure, then there are a few things you can do to make sure it happens.

Locks Help
If you're trying to secure a vacant property, the first thing you should do is make sure the property is actually secured. Keep every entry point locked down, every skylight, window, and door. Any potential thief or vandal is going to try those standard entry points first, so securing them can go a long way to making sure your building is safe from anyone that might be seeking to do it harm. If you'd like to make sure everything is very secure, you can even go so far as to install hinge plates and door jamb shields everywhere you can, while also boarding up all doors and windows. Anything you can safely do to make sure unwanted actors aren't able to access your property is an improvement.

Download A Proverbial Security Update
If your property has been in use before, there may be all manner of keys floating around in places you don't want them to be, which makes them a risk. Fortunately, it's a relatively easy undertaking to rekey a building, so make sure you do so before shutting your doors for a while.

At the same time, making sure your property looks acceptable from the outside can go a long way to making sure no crime is committed there. If your property looks occupied and busy, then it won't be a target for crime and illegal activity. By the same token, visiting your property once a week will allow you to verify that everything has remained secure, and you can clean up any mess that has begun to accumulate to continue to develop the image that the building is in use.

Future Proofing
As a final measure, it might help to make sure that your building is prepared for long absences should you be unable to regularly check up on it. Most notably, the cold winter months can lead the plumbing issues, and plumbing systems can be extremely fickle in normal conditions, so it might be worth making sure that your building is going to be ready for the changing weather. A licensed plumber can help you prepare your plumbing systems for the cold, and you should also consider turning off the water to the property when you're not using it. Finally, getting your fire systems inspected regularly is an excellent choice, as it means any emergency that isn't immediately responded too won’t be able to destroy your property. Thankfully, if you'd like some help securing a vacant property, you can rely on the Chief Group Services to get the job done. To get in touch with us about building security in Sydney, contact us on 1300 848 698.


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