Unfortunately, basic security locks and boarding up picture windows isn’t sufficient to ensure an empty retail site isn’t at risk. There are countless hazards present, many of which can become severe over time or if left unresolved.
- Flammable materials.
- Legionella forming in water pipes.
- Bacteria and health hazards from fly-tipped waste.
- Lack of alarms on roller doors.
- Insect infestations.
Whether a retail site is empty for a few weeks, months or several years, it’s often highly apparent that the property isn’t currently occupied. Regrettably, that means that even a seemingly minor risk, such as an accessible back entranceway, becomes more likely to attract intruders over time.
Other risks such as leaving flammable waste uncleared, or allowing an insect or knotweed infestation to take hold, can render an otherwise good retail site uninhabitable for a period of time.
Retail risk assessments cover every element of property risk, including environmental hazards, security threats, access challenges and the potential for neighbouring properties or activities to impact the safety of your site.
The principal benefit of a professional retail risk assessment is that it allows you to gain control over those hazards and make informed judgments about the most suitable measures to protect against them.
Knowing the risks, and having independent advice about the potential solutions, ensures that retail site owners can demonstrate outstanding property management, no matter how long the site remains empty.