A unique partnership between Scottish Government, Police, Fire Services and businesses, set up to safeguard economic well-being across Scotland, has welcomed VPS, the Vacant Property Specialists, as a member.
The Scottish Business Crime Centre’s assistant director, Gary Ritchie, comments, “Vacant buildings are too easily dismissed as out of sight, out of mind. Education and awareness are needed to get preventative strategies in place and ensure that we minimise incidents of metal theft, water damage, fire damage, anti social behaviour and a general decline in surroundings. With VPS on board we will be able to provide the most appropriate and up-to-date advice.”
Head of VPS’s Scottish operations, Brian Harbison, picks out metal theft and arson as serious and growing problems across Scotland. “Theft of copper piping and electrical cables from vacant buildings is causing massive damage. Arson can be even more destructive, of course. Building owners need to secure them the same day they become vacant or they risk them becoming far more difficult to sell or relet.”
VPS is well established in Scotland with an impressive roster of clients including insurers, insolvency practitioners, property management companies, pub groups and local authorities. For the latter, a programme of school building in Scotland has created a particular problem of closed schools standing empty and vulnerable.
VPS’s armoury of security solutions includes steel grills and wireless, battery-powered alarms with video cameras and sensors to detect a range of threats. The VPS team of multi-skilled fitters is available 24/7 and can secure a building same day, anywhere in Scotland.
VPS offer a free comprehensive risk assessment providing advice on securing, protecting and maintaining vacant/void property.
About VPS, the Vacant Property Specialists
VPS is a specialist in securing, maintaining and managing vacant properties across a wide range of customer and industry sectors worldwide. VPS’s innovative products and expert services allow customers to protect their vacant properties against unauthorised access and property decay.
The VPS Group has global revenues of approximately £200m, more than 2,000 employees and more than 90,000 properties under management. The European businesses has a turnover of £100 million, 1,300 employees and nearly 100 locations across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. The VPS Group also has significant operations across the USA. VPS Group is owned by funds managed by TDR Capital.
For more information visit www.vpspecialists.co.uk or contact:
08706 08706 2
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