How Property Managers Can Protect Vacant Commercial Buildings
How Property Managers Can Protect Vacant Commercial BuildingsHow Property Managers Can Protect Vacant Commercial Buildings

How Property Managers Can Protect Vacant Commercial Buildings

Vacant buildings are common products of a slow economy. If buildings do not have any personal property or occupants in them, they are more likely to face several types of problems. Every year, there are over 30,000 fires in vacant buildings, and many of these result in severe injuries or deaths. They also cost well over $640 million in property damage. Most vacant buildings do not have good security or maintenance.

This can lead to the following types of problems…

  • Unsecured copper piping and other valuable fixtures inside the building may attract thieves.
  • Properties become vandalism targets when there is no security on site. Leaving these buildings ending up with graffiti on their walls and broken windows.
  • Vandals are attracted to vacant buildings to use as places for parties or drug use. They are also common places for homeless people or drug dealers.
  • Groundwater and soil may become contaminated by toxic substances leaking from a vacant building.
  • Fires are a risk due to smoking trespassers, arsonists, decayed wiring and drug production. To complicate the matter, the automatic sprinkler system may be turned off. This makes it easier for fires to spread.
  • With a lack of security, early detection of fire or contamination is nearly impossible. No building owner wants to be fined for hazardous substances leaking or for a fire that could have been prevented. Building owners can take several steps to protect their vacant properties and make them less likely to be destroyed.

The following are some useful tips:

  • Pay security guards to monitor the building overnight, and keep exterior lights turned on during the night.
  • Stop by the property at least once each week. Another option for owners who live out of state is to hire a property management company to care for the building.
  • The exterior of the building should be cleared of cardboard, paper, brush and scrap wood.
  • Keep parking areas and sidewalks in good condition, and they should be cleared of ice or snow during the winter.
  • Put up obstacles to ensure pedestrians and vehicles stay out of the parking area.
  • Turn off the utilities except when needed to power alarm systems and lighting.
  • If there are any toxic substances that may cause contamination and might harm people or emergency responders, they should be removed.
  • Make sure the electricity for exit signs and emergency lighting is always on.
  • To avoid bursting pipes, make sure the heat stays on or the plumbing system is drained. There should be a minimum temperature set to keep automatic sprinkler systems safe.
  • Fire detection devices should be linked to a central monitoring service and maintained well.

Are you an owner or property manager of a vacant property? Don’t be a victim to the risks above.Call 305-418-9214 to schedule Pro-Secur security guards to protect your residential or commercial properties today.

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