Evaluating 4 Methods for Securing Vacant Property
When investment properties are vacant during renovation, building owners often evaluate different methods for securing the vacant property to protect from break-ins, vandals, squatters, or thieves intent on stealing new appliances, copper pipe, or the contractor’s tools.
We’ve compared various vacant investment property security options below:
Plywood & Board-Ups
Plywood window board-up has the perception of being the most affordable method of vacant property protection- however, plywood instantly telegraphs that the home is vacant to all passer-bys. Plywood also gives the perception that the neighborhood is in decline – especially when multiple buildings in a neighborhood have plywood boardups.
The problem with security cameras in distressed areas? Surveillance cameras are expensive and easy to steal. In addition, disabling cameras or simple disguises often mask the identity of intruders and vandals.
Guard dogs and security guards are less common than board-up and cameras because it is expensive. On-site manpower involves putting someone’s life at risk, particularly if the dog or guard encounters a criminal who didn’t anticipate getting caught.
Steel for vacant investment property security
The best alternative for vacant investment property security is steel door and window guards. Steel is stronger, more durable and more attractive than plywood and very effective at keeping intruders out of the building.
For more information about how steel guards for vacant buildings can help you, contact DAWGS today.
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