With regularly changing lockdown restrictions, businesses closing, vacant properties and rising levels of employment, it’s a hugely testing time for many, especially property managers and facilities managers. Government guidelines are constantly shifting and it’s difficult to consistently follow best practises to keep teams, commercial premises, and customers safe.

For many businesses in the FM & PM industry, navigating these guidelines and restrictions to ensure integrity is paramount. Here are just some of the ways we are supporting organisations to reduce risk and vulnerability, which you may wish to consider for your own occupied or vacant property.

Best practises for securing your commercial property

  • Remote monitoring & CCTV

Remote monitoring gives you the reassurance and confidence you need. They ensure your premises are protected, and incidents are being managed as they arise. Our team of security professionals manning our Critical Control Helpdesk (CCHD) have proactive eyes on your business 24/7/365. Supported by our in-house app and software, you can access your CCTV anytime, anywhere.

  • Remote Security Reception (RSR)

A warm welcome at a safe distance. RSR remotely manages access to your buildings without compromising on visitor experience or losing the magic touch of human interaction. This innovative system supercharges the manpower of traditional front-of-house roles, reducing your risk, increasing your efficiency, and having a favourable impact on your budget.

  • Property inspections

Properties should not just be locked up and left. Many criminals see this as an opportunity to strike. Fixing a permanent guard on doors with the powers to inspect acts as a powerful deterrent and ensures any suspicious activity is handled swiftly.

  • Building closure risk assessments

Many businesses and premises are likely to have not had an opportunity to perform a building risk assessment before or for a long time. Whilst closed, our officers can conduct a thorough risk assessment, giving reassurance of safety, clear action to be considered and providing compliance for insurance.

  • Keyholding and alarm response

Taking on the safe-keeping of your premises’ keys, our team can lock and unlock premises freeing yours from the responsibility of key-holding and reducing the risk of attack whilst carrying out these duties alone. In holding the keys to a building, Expeditious can respond to potential threats or alarm alerts to check for incidents and ensure premises are safe. Callouts are always attended to within an hour with additional support available through CCHD if anything needs to be escalated.

  • Mothballing & legionella control

Throughout the duration of the closure, duties are recommended to be carried out ensuring the building does not fall into disrepair. There are also secondary maintenance duties required to ensure a safe and efficient re-opening. These include temperature monitoring, electrical system checks, fire alarm checks, water hygiene, legionella control, gas supply deactivation and reactivation; all working to SFG30 regulations.

On their own, or collectively these best practises give you the reassurance you need. Leaving property unattended during these times can lead to disrepair and becoming a target for crime. your property is being looked after, not being left vulnerable and is able to re-open effectively as soon as is needed.