ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, has released a white paper guide outlining the issues faced by councils and housing associations when managing void properties. Entitled ‘How do you protect void properties?’, the guide is available for download from ASSA’a website.
According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, around 610,000 housing association or local authority-owned homes are empty: approximately one eighth of the UK’s stock of five million. With crimes against such properties increasing, the white paper outlines the main security threats to void properties, which include theft, arson, vandalism, fly-tipping and squatting. It then explores the issues around management of access to void properties when carrying out maintenance work, which includes key management.
Finally, the paper outlines how the use of ASSA CLIQ Remote as an effective key management system results in benefits, helping to reduce security threats and allowing more effective and streamlined management of maintenance workers.
ASSA CLIQ Remote is an electro-mechanical lock system allowing only those with necessary authority to access the building. It enables owners to have complete control over keys, with members of staff allocated a single key and entry permissions that can be altered or time-defined. The solution helps minimise administrative work, eliminating the need for staff to share keys and allowing administrators to block lost or stolen keys remotely.
The solution reportedly saved Wilmott Dixon Partnership, who manage the Void Properties Department of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, approximately 40 working hours each week. This has led to significant cost savings, allowing maintenance and re-let times to be reduced.
Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, stated, ‘“Official statistics show that for every seven occupied UK homes owned by local authorities and housing associations, one stands empty. However, the recent Empty Homes England report says this number may be higher. This guide demonstrates the benefits of adopting ASSA CLIQ Remote to effectively manage security and access to void properties.