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The laws governing trespass and property invasion to commercial properties in England need reform

Time for change. The laws governing trespass and property invasion to commercial properties in England is failing property owners, developers and construction companies.


Property Security Group Limited specialise in the rapid deployment and hire of temporary 4G solar-powered and battery-powered security cameras systems for construction sites, vacant property, building site scaffolding alarms, private airfields, country estates, business parks, farms, stables, rural property, school campuses and the like. These are monitored 24hrs out of working hours, with local security key holder alarm response.

But, we cannot expect Police support even though we give immediate notice of an intrusion, like this event here:


So, here are some responses when Property Security Group Limited 24hr Control Room called Police over the last year or two asking for assistance with trespassers, burglars and vandals on construction sites and vacant commercial properties:

  • Sorry, it’s a vacant building and we won’t attend as we cannot risk assess going in there after intruders
  • Sorry, we cannot identify which individual actually cut the locks or smashed the windows so it’s not worth us attending
  • Sorry, as the kids are up ten floors of scaffolding, it is not safe for us to pursue them so we will not be attending. Try talking them down.
  • Sorry, we do not have enough resources this evening to deal with the illegal rave on your premises
  • Sorry, the kids we detained are under age so we had to let them go. Besides, we know these youths well and if we take them home it will be a waste of time as the parents don’t care
  • Sorry, they have put up a “Squatters’ Rights Notice” so it’s a civil matter even though you have camera recordings of criminal damage from forced entry
  • Sorry, the gypsies have changed the locks so it’s a civil matter even though you have camera recordings of them trying to force entry into the site offices
  • Sorry, we will not be able to prove that the bag with all the ID that you found when you chased an intruder actually belonged to him. He will probably claim that he lost it previously or had it stolen.
  • Sorry, it’s your word against the travellers that they are demanding £15,000 to leave the premises or they will call all their friends to site to fly-tip all their rubbish over the two weeks it will take you to get a Court Order and Bailiffs here

To be fair, on a couple of occasions we have had full support. But typically, not.

It should be a criminal offence to remain on another person’s property once asked to leave. End of.

Currently, the law lets property owners down really badly and it is time for changing the law.

 

 

Video clip: these are travellers who cut locks on gates, raced through them, barricaded themselves in, put their own padlocks on, tried to crowbar open the site office door and put a ladder up to the windows of flats.

Property Security Group Limited 4G solar-powered wireless PIR security cameras activated immediately and Security Keyholders were despatched. Police attended quickly but were unable to assist as it was a civil matter.

 

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