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If you have a property that is vulnerable to trespassers – either due to the fact that it is currently vacant or due to its location – you may wish to take steps to ensure that it is secure. Travellers, squatters and other trespassers often look for empty properties that are easy targets as they can used as living space or for criminal activities, so if you do have a property you need to understand the best ways to protect it. Here are four strategies that you can use to keep your property secure.
Sometimes the best way to keep a property safe is simply to show that it is not as empty or forgotten as it might appear from the outside. This means that you need to put up some deterrents to make any potential trespassers or criminals aware that this is not somewhere that they should attempt to break into.
Setting up lights such as motion sensor lights is a great start. You might be surprised just how often trespassers can be deterred by the fact that there is a light that makes them visible. It is also a good idea to invest in cameras and CCTV as these will also deter thieves and other criminals looking to get into the property. You may also wish to have an alarm system installed.
However, most importantly, you must also make sure that there are signs up signalling the presence of these deterrents. You want to make it as clear as that if someone attempts to break in they will be seen.
2. Barriers and screens
Of course, deterrents can only be effective if they are noticed by the trespassers and criminals, and also remember that some will not even care if they are not supposed to be on the property. So another option for vacant property security is to put up a strong front, literally.
Experienced civil engineers and security contractors such as Maltaward, recommend the installation of physical barriers and screens as the most effective way to keep a property secure. The logic is simple – if trespassers find it difficult to gain access to your site, they will simply move on to somewhere else.
There are a number of options that are available, all of which can either be bought or hired depending on how long you are looking to secure the property for. Fences and barriers around the perimeter of the property are a good start, and send out a strong message that it won’t be easy to gain access. Next you need to look at the major points of entry and add screens and security doors so that there is no easy way in.
3. Security patrols
If you have a large property that is vulnerable to being trespassed upon, it is sometimes only effective to have a security presence on the site. It is to have security firms complete a sweep of the area at random times throughout the course of the day to ensure that no-one is committing any criminal acts.
Having security guards carry out regular patrols shows anyone that is considering entering the property that you are serious about protecting it. Once again, it can be a good idea to place signs up that explain that these premises are patrolled regularly and that trespassers will be evicted. You may even wish to have dog patrols carry out sweeps of the area to find anyone who may be hiding within the property.
Of course there is the further question of what you should do if it is too late to prevent people getting onto your property? If travellers, squatters or other trespassers have already gained access to your property, then you will need to take steps to get them evicted. It is to evict unlawful trespassers on your property under Common Law.
You can employ an evictions service to carry out the eviction for you – this can often be carried out as quickly as within 48 hours. Once the eviction has taken place you can take the preventative measures as listed above in order to ensure that something similar cannot occur in future.