BS 8584:2015 Vacant property protection services. Code of practice
Since the recession, many more properties have been left vacant. Even if fitted with security doors and other equipment, unoccupied property is at greater risk of arson, burglary and vandalism. Owners often turn to security companies to guard these properties – but until now there has been no standard for this security provision.
We have now developed BS 8584 Vacant property protection services – Code of practice to fill the gap.
BS 8584 gives recommendations for the security of vacant properties, covering:
- Security management
- Manned services (static guarding, mobile patrols, remote monitoring)
- Physical devices (barriers)
- Electronic systems (alarms and CCTV)
The new standard will serve both property owners and security companies. Owners can use it to assess the services offered and use it in tender documents; while security organizations can be certificated against it.
The recommendations in BS 8584 apply whether the property is vacant prior to first occupancy, following damage, while undergoing refurbishment or awaiting demolition. They cover a very wide range of properties, including homes, shops and offices, factories, warehouses, construction sites and open land.
BS 8584 will bring clarity to the market and aid crime prevention - to benefit security providers, property developers, insurers, builders, and local authorities among many others.