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Vacant Property – A Security Risk

Vacant Property

Vacant property may be empty, but it belongs to someone. Protecting property from abuse by vandals, squatters, and thieves is vital not least from a Health and Safety perspective.

Changes in the Law in 2012 made squatting a Criminal Offence, however, that has not reduced the frequency of property invasions in the UK. The legislation has meant that illegal occupiers are now attacking commercial/ industrial premises and in particular, those not covered by the revised law. Consequently, all properties including homes, office-premises, shops and commercial units, abandoned hotels and agricultural buildings are at risk once they fall vacant.

Historically across the Country, the vulnerability of vacant property has fallen into two clear categories: