According to new research, by a Government organisation, more than 11,000 homes across the country have been lying empty for longer than a decade. This research also includes figures for both five years or more (23,000 empty properties) and again for two years or more (60,000 empty properties).
With such a high volume of properties being vacant it is more than likely that some have been broken into or squatted. Why? Because vacant properties will attract anti-social behaviour, therefore if you have a vacant property you should ensure it is protected against any intruders.
In 2017, there were two very sad cases of children dying as a result of playing in unprotected/ derelict vacant properties. This is a massive responsibility for property owners.
Vacant properties are also open to risks such as illegal occupation (e.g. squatting), vandalism, drug use, metal theft, fire and fly-tipping.