Archive for 2018
With the summer right around the corner, many homeowners will be leaving their home and heading out on summer vacation getaways.
Whether a homeowner plans to be away for a day or several months, ASAP security personnel will ensure that the home is secure and complies with any insurance policy rules for vacant property. Many homeowners are not aware that standard home insurance frequently does not cover damage incurred while a home is vacant if it is not inspected on a regular basis. ASAP security personnels will visit the residence on a predetermined schedule to monitor all plumbing, electrical, and mechanical components of the home. During each visit, they look for unusual activity or suspicious persons in the area as well as functional problems such as water leaks or damage. This ASAP service is also a vital option for individuals with seasonal residences.
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Fire scenes often involve all types of public entities: emergency medical, law enforcement, and fire services. Public utilities such as gas and electric companies may also be involved. Passersby, owners, tenants, customers, delivery agents all may have relevant information on what happened. The press and curious individuals attracted to large fire scenes can complicate investigations, making security a necessity. All of these entities can cause a large loss to spiral out of control very quickly.
Increased complications occur when the loss is at a multi-tenant site due to:
- Multiple tenants involved
- Several insurers involved
- Multiple points of access
- The mitigation takes longer
- Property managers could be involved
- Numerous experts onsite as well as various agencies
- Higher exposure to liabilities
- Tenant safety issues
- Problems with asbestos
- Fire watches may be required
- Escorting and tracking systems may be necessary
When more people have access to the site, protecting the valuables that survived a fire becomes more of a concern. Theft of even the smallest item can impede evidence continuity in a case. If an insured wants to return to a scene to recover belongings, their every move must be authorized and recorded, to protect evidence for court. A well-secured scene ensures all items remain onsite and undisturbed until the insurance investigation is complete. A security presence also deters intruders who could be injured and become a liability risk.