Securing your buildings over the holidays
10 December 2018

Securing your charity buildings and Scout huts over the holidays

Still current at: 20 December 2021

Reducing the risks to your unoccupied buildings

Buildings left unoccupied for any length of time, especially over holiday periods, can be a target for vandalism and theft. However, here are some straightforward steps you could consider taking to minimise these risks.

Don’t forget to lock up and set the alarms

As simple and obvious as it seems make sure you lock the doors and windows, not only on your main building but on any stores, garages and outbuildings too. Don’t forget the fire exit doors. In our experience poorly protected fire exit doors offer an easy access to buildings which often result in major losses. Remember to set the intruder alarms.

Gas, electricity and water

Turn off the gas and electrics if you can.  (Ensure first though that your burglar or fire alarm doesn’t need power.)  If the buildings are left unoccupied for more than a week, consider turning the water off at the mains or the meter, especially if cold weather is imminent.

Lock equipment away out of sight 

Whether you own the building or simply rent it for meetings, all your equipment should be kept in locked cupboards or storage accommodation, when not in use. Try not to leave any equipment on view which could be temptation for opportunist thieves.

Your local police can help

If there is a neighbourhood watch scheme locally or local community police, ask whether they can include your buildings on their rounds, and take any additional advice they can offer.

Over the holidays

During the holidays, try if possible to make sporadic inspections and visits to check on security.

Further information

Have a look at the police's crime prevention advice for more practical hints and tips: