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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:
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This is why*!
—Cyber-crime damage costs to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021
—Cyber-security spending to exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021
—Direct attacks on individuals to effect 6 billion people by 2022
—Educational and public sector institutions are targeted—according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report** 43% of incidents reported impacted the education and public sector.
Following are some tips to help you and your organization avoid becoming part of these statistics: