If your property is broken into over the winter, it may not just be the burglar that causes damage. If a thief leaves your property open to the elements, whether it’s an open window or a door left ajar, the winter weather can wreak havoc on your property. Frost, wind and rain each have their own particular destructive effects on your property and any remaining contents a thief has left behind. Our security solutions will prevent the break-in in the first place, and also mean that you won’t have to worry about the extra damage caused by the winter weather if a thief has left your property exposed to it.
We’re all aware of the problems that water can cause to almost anything it comes into contact with. An open or damaged window combined with a strong crosswind could quite easily lead to all kinds of winter precipitation heading straight into your property. Depending on the weather we’re cursed with over the winter break, you might get away with nothing more than a damp carpet. However, depending on the perseverance of the thief, you might have some electronics that are still at risk of water damage. If the cables or equipment you use are old or damaged, there will obviously be a higher risk of moisture getting past the protective casing and into the wires themselves.
What else could be damaged by water? Beyond electrical equipment, any paper reports, contracts or documents may well be ruined, and even curtains and blinds can turn mouldy by the time your staff return to discover the break-in long after it has happened.
Unless a hurricane hits your property, it’s unlikely that within the week that the office is closed any structural damage will be caused by the water. However, identifying where the water has penetrated is crucial to ensuring that the problem doesn’t get any worse. Depending on the amount of time your carpet or upholstery has been saturated, it still might be able to be saved by dehumidifying or simply drying the damaged objects. In addition, the cost of restoration will also be drastically affected by the dirtiness of the water that entered the property. Given the high wind levels the country has recently been buffeted with, it may be more than likely that leaves, mud and other debris will also be blown in.
Find out what your insurance policy covers. If it’s determined that the break-in and subsequent damage was due to the negligence of the owner, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to make a claim to cover these damages.
If you’re worried about the effects of a winter break-in, the easiest way to prevent them is to tighten up your security. Over the winter, there may be less activity around the site than usual, so businesses are particularly vulnerable. Consider manned guarding or mobile patrol solutions. If you’re unsure about the best option for your business or property, contact us now.