News & Updates
Far too many students nationwide continue to be victims of sexual abuse and molestation. The news is regularly highlighting the worst of these cases but the actual number of victims is much higher. Although the great majority of educators and staff are dedicated to the safety of their students, when these tragedies do occur, the costs are deep and large—not only forever damaging these impressionable children and their families, schools are regularly being sued for the criminal acts of their employees who prey on these often most vulnerable children. The verdicts, settlements, and costs of these suits are the fastest growing segment of liability claims against schools
Schools and colleges have vacant buildings at times due to declining enrollment, program cessation or other reasons. Vacant property poses risks and hazards including fire, water damage/mold, weather-related damage, damages due to lack of maintenance or supervision, and environmental exposures, along with a range of crime – vandalism, arson, theft of contents, sprinkler units and copper or other metals, etc. Criminals target vacant buildings, especially those that are not secured and without power.
A study in Austin, Texas found that vacant buildings generate 1.8 times as many theft calls and twice the number of violent crimes. The National Fire Protection Association reported in 2003-2006 that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 31,000 structure fires in vacant buildings per year. These fires resulted in $642 million in property damage per year.
Tips to protect vacant property: