BS 8584:2015 Vacant property protection services. Code of practice

BS 8584:2015

Vacant property protection services. Code of practice

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : October 2015



What is this standard about?

Unoccupied property is at greater risk of arson, burglary and vandalism than occupied property, even when fitted with security doors and other equipment. Owners often turn to security companies to guard these properties, but until now there’s been no standard for this security provision. BS 8584 gives recommendations for the security of vacant property which covers: 

  • Security management
  • Manned services (static guarding, mobile patrols, remote monitoring)
  • Physical devices (barriers)
  • Electronic systems (alarms and CCTV)

Who is this standard for?

It will be valuable to both property owners and security companies. Owners can use it to assess the services offered and use it in tenders; while security companies can be certified against it. 

Why should you use this standard? 

BS 8584 will bring clarity to the market and aid crime prevention – to the benefit of property owners, security providers, property developers, insurers, builders and local authorities among many others.

Its recommendations 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.

Standard NumberBS 8584:2015
TitleVacant property protection services. Code of practice
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 October 2015
Confirm Date10 November 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 7984, BS 7858, BS EN 50130-5, BS 7499
Informative References(Provided for Information)Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, Limitation (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, 1999, Protection from Eviction Act 1977, 1996, Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations, Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, Accommodation 2006, Limitation Act 1980, HMO Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Sleeping, Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973, BS 5426, Private Security Industry Act 2001, Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, PAS 79, Data Protection Act 1998
Draft Superseded By15/30311654 DC
DescriptorsSecurity personnel, Contracts, Management, Data security, Verification, Security systems in buildings, Conditions of employment, Records (documents), Personnel, Recruitment, Security, Anti-burglar measures, Service contracts, Personnel management, Contracting
ISBN978 0 580 87764 3
File Size706 KB

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