Retail shops are most vulnerable when they’re empty, and security is crucial during this period as vandalism and break-ins are highly likely. Vacant retail shops also make a prime target for squatters to occupy.
High streets have been in decline for many years, and the 2020 pandemic accelerated the number of vacant retail shops seen in every town across the country.
The rise in vacant shop numbers brought with it a significant increase in crime incidents, mostly in vandalism and arson attacks, but also squatting the empty properties despite this latter being illegal in commercial properties since 2012.
It’s a major headache for owners for retail properties, who need a quick, effective solution to give them peace of mind until a new tenant is able to move in.
In May 2021, the owner of the shop occupied by Ethereal Pieces, a boutique in Broadstairs, Kent, contacted us to secure their empty shop after the tenant left the property at short notice.
The owner’s main concern was the tenant re-entering the shop as they didn’t hand the keys back upon leaving and could have easily passed them on to someone else. Unwanted post building-up inside the main door was also an issue as it presented a fire hazard risk from potential arson attacks.
Whilst a vacant retail shop is certainly vulnerable, especially from any rear access points, they can be effectively secured with a few simple steps. Our retail shop security package, ShopShield, provided the perfect solution: