Property Security Advice From Ex-burglars

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Recent crime figures show that only a small proportion of break-ins are ever solved. In many areas of the country – including neighbourhoods in Manchester, Leicester, Bristol, North London, Cambridge, Oxford and Canterbury – police failed to solve a single domestic burglary last year. So who better to turn to for advice when it comes to securing your property than those who have previously made a living out of breaking in? We’ve taken the hard work out of protecting your…

4 Trends in Home Security You’ll Want to Investigate

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Trends, those cheeky ‘factors with the potential to make a significant impact’ are coming thick and fast on the home security market. Whether you’re a follower of trends and into technology or not, there’s no denying that some of what’s new on the scene is set to have not just a significant but a dynamic and exciting impact on how you choose to secure your home. #1: Smart Security Smart technology, devices within a home which are digitally connected and…

How Many Vacant Properties Are There in the UK?

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Since 2018 began there haven’t been many weeks passing by without media discussions about the UK’s housing crisis. These discussions and articles include frequent references to the numerous vacant properties the government are urging local councils to bring back into use to ease the housing situation, as reported by the BBC. Yet as the calendar flicks to another month closer to halfway through the year, just what are the numbers involved in these empty property discussions – and are they…

Most Innovative Security Products From Across the Globe

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Security products have come a long way in recent years, but this decade and into the next seem set for security products to become smarter than ever before – thanks to the latest SMART technology and digital convenience. So what’s upcoming…? AI – Robotics Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are fast becoming part of our homes anyway – from HIVE-type home electronics and utilities management, to Google and Amazon products which many of us have integrated into our homes as…

How Monitored Alarm Products Really Work

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Having an alarm system is one thing, but an alarm is only as effective as the response to it. In recent years, a survey commissioned by GoCompare showed that up to three quarters of Brits ignore traditional burglar alarms: those alarms which emit the alarm sound as the only alert system. The difference between a monitored alarm and an unmonitored one is that an unmonitored alarm relies on someone being present – either at the property, a passer-by or a…

The Most Iconic Abandoned Buildings in the World

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Most of us know of a neglected, abandoned building in our local area, usually one that’s boarded up and looking distinctly in need of a makeover. But across the world, some of these ‘local’ abandoned properties deserve a closer look, as examples of iconic architecture and ancient civilizations… Machu Picchu – Peru Now a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the acknowledged Seven Wonders of the World, the breath-taking but forsaken buildings of Machu Picchu, high up in the…

How to Buy and Secure a Vacant Property

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Whether for living in, renting out or refurbishing to sell, buying a vacant property, can be a great investment which also benefits local communities, by bringing empty and possibly even neglected properties back into use. It can also be a convenient way to purchase property without getting caught up in exhaustive property chains or waiting around for vendors to move out. With the Telegraph reporting that the number of empty properties in the UK has almost doubled in 20 years,…

The Risks for Empty Commercial Property

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Leaving any property vacant can be risky, but if your property’s commercial, then there are additional risk factors to consider. So what are all the risks you need to look out for, and how can you protect your empty commercial property, your investment – and the commercial community? Risk #1: Theft and vandalism Theft from empty properties is a prime reason for break-ins and commercial properties are no exception, particularly as they are seen as a profitable target for metal…

A Complete Guide to Empty Property Insurance

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According to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics and the police, UK crime is on the rise (The Independent, 2017). This includes a significant rise of 11% in reported crimes of theft – including burglary and vehicle theft. If your property’s empty, it’s sensible to seek out security solutions to ensure your property is less vulnerable whilst it’s vacant. However, out of the 250,000 properties unoccupied in the UK as of October 2016 (Gov.uk), not every…

The Importance of Empty Property Inspections

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Your property’s going to be sitting vacant and you’re well aware of the risks involved! So, you’ve closed everything up and secured it against possible intrusion and damage – job done! Or is it? In fact, securing your vacant property adequately is only the first step in protecting it. Any empty premises must be checked regularly and not realising, or acting upon the need for empty property inspections puts both your property and yourself at further risk. The risk of…