Many “brick and mortar” operations are currently suspended due to COVID-19. These shutdowns won’t last forever, but in the meantime it is important to take appropriate steps to mitigate the risk of theft and vandalism to your temporarily vacant properties.
Check to make sure cameras are working properly and provide adequate coverage to exterior areas.
Ensure all building exteriors are adequately lit. Lights should be regularly checked to ensure they are functioning properly and providing sufficient coverage to areas where potential break-ins could occur.
Windows and doors on ground levels should be checked daily to make sure they are secure and locked when no one is present. This should be a daily inspection made by the last person to leave. It is also recommended not to place valuable items like computers or electronics near exterior windows on ground levels, which could persuade potential thieves to target these areas.
During any temporary suspension of operations, we recommend weekly walkthroughs of your premises at minimum to ensure no property damage, vandalism, or trespass has occurred.
Make sure to secure windows and doors when vehicles are unattended. When possible, secure vehicles in well-lit areas overnight. Never leave keys or valuable personal items in vehicles.
In addition to regularly inspecting building interiors, make sure any outbuildings and exterior features are also well-lit, secured, and regularly inspected, such as:
- Roof access
- Dumpster and recycle areas
- Fields and stadiums
- Bus parking and garages
- Storage sheds
- Maintenance shops
For additional information on how to protect your vacant facilities, please contact your broker or risk manager.