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Is your property at risk this winter?
Winter is approaching, and unfortunately it is the season in which your vacant property is most vulnerable. Aside from the year-round risks of arson, theft, fly-tipping and vandalism, there are added seasonal threats to your property. Some of these seasonal threats include:
- Frozen plumbing and pipe work- this may not sound like a devastating situation for your property, but thawing pipes is difficult and time consuming. At worst, the pipes will burst and split, leaving you with a hefty bill to re-plumb the property.
- A much higher threat of leaks and storm damage, due to seasonal weather changes. Even the smallest of leaks can cause devastating effects if it is not fixed promptly. A small amount of water in the property, or even a broken window, will lead to problems such as damp, mould, spores and rapid dilapidation of the property.
- More incentive for homeless people and squatters to occupy vacant properties. With much harsher weather conditions and plummeting temperatures, desperation from those living on the streets hits its peak. People who in the finer months would sleep on the streets take new measure to enter vacant properties. After new legislation against squatting in residential buildings commercial buildings are taking the brunt of this.
- Increased crime rates, due to fewer daylight hours. Winter months see crime rates soar as criminals hide under the cover of darkness. Crimes such as theft and arson on properties increase, causing devastating effects for not only the property itself, but also for the surrounding community.
Now that you are informed of the added risks that come with the change in seasons, we urge property owners to remain vigilant in the securing and management of their vacant property.