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

Vacant property protection services. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : October 2015



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.

Standard NumberBS 8584:2015
TitleVacant property protection services. Code of practice
Publication Date31 October 2015
Cross ReferencesBS 7499, BS 7858, BS 7984, BS EN 50130-5, BS 5426, BS EN 50131-1:2006+A1:2009, PAS 79, Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations, 1999, Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, 1996, Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, Limitation Act 1980, Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973, Limitation (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, Data Protection Act 1998, Private Security Industry Act 2001, Protection from Eviction Act 1977, Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, HMO Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Sleeping, Accommodation 2006
Draft Superseded By15/30311654 DC
DescriptorsSecurity, Security personnel, Personnel, Personnel management, Anti-burglar measures, Security systems in buildings, Data security, Contracting, Management, Recruitment, Contracts, Service contracts, Records (documents), Verification, Conditions of employment
ISBN978 0 580 87764 3
File Size711 KB

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