Vacant Property Inspections (VPIs) for schools
It’s getting to that time of year again – summer holidays! Children and teachers alike are looking forward to some much-needed downtime, but have you thought about the security of your school premises throughout the holidays?
Properties are more vulnerable when empty, and unsurprisingly vandalism and burglaries are common during the summer holidays. So how do you prevent this? Well, there’s plenty that can be done to prevent issues over the summer holiday period.
1. Enhance security systems
Having a security system in place, including cameras firstly provide a deterrent to potential burglars or vandals, and also mean that if the worst should happen, the incident is caught on camera. Cameras can also trigger alarms, or alarms can be motion activated so if someone were to break in, they’ll be scared off pretty quickly!
2. Lock up properly
It might seem obvious but making sure windows and doors are locked properly at the end of term is a must! If there is anything faulty or broken, fix it as soon as possible and make sure doors, windows and gates are fitted with suitable locks.
Maintenance is essential to ensuring security. An overgrown tree can easily block a security camera’s view so make sure these are kept trimmed back, particularly before the holidays! The summer holidays are also a prime time to carry out maintenance work including repairs and servicing that may be difficult to do during term time when the school is busy.
4. Keep staff in the loop
School buildings are often used over the summer by staff or external clubs, so there should be a policy in place that outlines security procedures throughout the holidays for anyone who needs to access the buildings. This policy should include instructions on alarms, locking up, access routes, monitoring times, emergency plans and any other security matters.
5. Consider security guards
When a property is empty for a period of time, short term or long term, having guards visit the property regularly provides a visible security presence on-site whilst they check and monitor the property, so you can be sure your school is safe whilst you’re away.
Vacant Property Inspections (VPIs) are a great way to keep your school safe during the school holidays.
Having VPIs in place at your school means:
Trained, vetted and uniformed guards in liveried vans visit the property at pre-arranged intervals and undertake the appropriate services.
Guards’ visits are recorded using mobile technology so there is a record of what has been found and services can be reviewed periodically to ensure the services being used are the most suitable.
Acts as a deterrent
Guards on-site regularly not only identify issues before they become major problems, they act as a visible presence to deter any would be vandals or thieves.
VPIs can be implemented short-term or long-term and services carried out whilst guards are on-site can be tailored to the specific needs of each property. It isn’t just broken windows or visible damage that guards will check, they can report any pest problems, spot gas or water leaks and even take meter readings, whatever is required.
Peace of mind
Having VPIs in place enables you to leave the property you are responsible empty with the reassurance it is being protected, and that you are in compliance with insurance requirements.
VPIs are less frequent than mobile security patrols, so therefore less expensive. Using a VPI service helps to keep costs down whilst providing the level of security you require.
With a full range of professional security solutions, including key holding/ alarm response, lock & unlocks, mobile patrols and security guards, Foremost Security can assist with every aspect of your school premises protection and compliance. If you would like to speak to one of our experienced team, or find out how we can help with your specific needs, then please navigate around our website or call us on 0115 911 0213