April, 2015

Protecting your property against vandalism

Protecting your property against vandalism

A primary concern for many landlords is damage to the property. This is normally protected by a tenancy agreement, in that tenants have a responsibility to look after their home as if it was their own. However, random acts of vandalism, not caused by tenants have always plagued rental properties, particularly those in areas of high crime rates. Vacant properties are even more at risk from vandalism but there are things that landlords can do to help protect their assets. Find a Building Management Company A physical presence is often enough to dissuade would-be vandals from targeting a property. The Hamilton King LinkedIn page highlights some of the services that the company offers, including regular building repairs and maintenance as well as providing building insurance. Having a building management company like Hamilton King perform regular inspections of a vacant property will put off trespassers, not just by being on site periodically, but the company will also spot any vulnerable spots that can be exploited. Broken windows and collapsed fencing act as welcome mats to criminals and ordinarily these would be ignored by a landlord if the property is vacant for a long time. Problem areas such as this will be immediately flagged up by the estates team of a management company when they perform an inspection and landlords can act quickly before they face more vandalism. Passive Measures Taking an active role in preventing vandalism to your property would obviously be effective, but there are a number of extra security measures you can take to help reduce the risk even further. Potential for triggering an alarm is a very real and present deterrent to trespassers, unless the property is particularly isolated then an alarm is going to attract the attention of neighbours. The police will no doubt follow shortly, although by then some damage might have already been caused and the perpetrators will have fled the scene. Hopefully, the fact that a building has an alarm should be enough to stop anybody entering in the first place. Again, CCTV can be useful in stopping vandalism before it happens especially if the cameras are obvious, although it is going to be more useful in providing evidence if something does occur. Reporting Vandalism If physical deterrents have not succeeded in keeping vandals at bay, then you should go to the police immediately upon finding evidence of damage. The law takes vandalism...

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