The Occupiers’ Liability (Scotland) Act of 1960 imposes on those responsible for vacant premises a duty of care towards those who enter such land or premises. Depending upon the circumstances of an accident suffered by those who enter such land or premises, the owner of an empty building could be legally liable for the death of or injury to that person. Children may view an empty building as an interesting and exciting playground and it should be noted that where access by children is likely, it is necessary to take stricter precautions to prevent their entry. To help discharge the duty of care to unwanted visitors the building should be well secured, especially against access by children.
The most effective way of preventing unauthorised entry is to maintain a high level of physical security. This is best accomplished by retaining existing security features and supplementing these as necessary. If owners are in any doubt about what protection is feasible/most suitable, they should seek professional advice from our management team.
Vacant Premises Inspections
Ejsmont Security Ltd provides a patrol service where a guard will visit premises a specified number of times each day, at random intervals. While mainly acting as a deterrent, such patrols may provide an acceptable minimum level of security for certain types of empty buildings. In some cases, we will also offer a keyholding or response service where we will respond as a keyholder when required by the owner, emergency services, utilities or local authority.
Our trained staff will conduct regular site inspections to check the general condition of the building, the integrity of all security measures and that no accumulation of litter, unsolicited mail or external waste has occurred. The frequency of such inspections will depend upon expectations from our client, but weekly is a minimum recommended frequency. Details and observations from such visits will be recorded in a log, with any noted defects/damage reported promptly to the client.