Risk Alert Unoccupied Buildings
March 20, 2020
With the closure of schools and parishes as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, please continue to be mindful of the safety of your building and grounds. Unoccupied buildings are often the target of theft and vandalism. Please be vigilant and ask your custodian to do the following:
- Make sure there are no accessible ladders, tools or other objects that could assist a burglar with a break-in.
- Make sure all valuables are stored away from access points. Criminals are frequently enticed to break in if there are expensive items, such as electronic equipment, visible from a window.
- Secure all PCs, laptops or any other device or files that contain confidential information.
- Look for easy access points into any buildings, specifically focusing on doors, windows and locks. If any of these are faulty, they should be replaced immediately.
- Keep bushes and shrubs near your building trimmed. This will eliminate hiding places in the shadows. This will also allow your building to be more visible from the street, which will make noticing suspicious activity easier.
- Remove tree branches below 7’ from trees adjacent to the building and keep shrubbery trimmed below four feet.
- Adequate lighting on your premises is essential and will prevent criminals from lingering too close to your building. Make sure light fixtures are operational.
- Is exterior storage of trash/rubbish at least 25 feet from building?
- Ask local police to increase patrols of your area.
Custodians should conduct daily walk-throughs of every building, as well as the grounds. Look for the following:
- Signs of forced entry.
- Open windows or doors left ajar.
- Interior water leaks.
- Items that are not properly stored.
- Valuable items left out in plain sight.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Winter is still here! This Saturday night, temperatures are expected to be in the 20-degree range. Please continue to maintain the heat in unoccupied buildings. Maintain a temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if there is a cold spell, please be certain to maintain a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent frozen pipes.
COVID-19 Hotline and Email
We have a dedicated hotline available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm: 617-746-5750.
You can also email us at email@example.com.