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Vacant team builds on MITIE’s environment

11 April 2012

The total security management (TSM) business of MITIE, has announced that it is launching a specialist void property security service for vacant commercial premises.

This launch builds on MITIE’s TSM offering providing an integrated suite of response services and remote monitoring for out of hours security.

The current and predicted future economic climate indicates that occupier demand is weak, increasing the security risks and costs related to vacant property. A high percentage of property managers are expecting the level of empty property to increase and this higher level of risk is leading to some insurers being reluctant to provide cover.

MITIE’s void secure team will deliver a complete range of services to secure vacant commercial properties including manned services, mobile patrols, insurance inspections, screening and fencing, lock changes and utility services disconnections to name a few. This will provide clients with a complete void property security solution.

MITIE will also provide 24-hour monitored protection of empty buildings by combining state of the art wireless alarm systems which are monitored 24/7 by MiTec, MITIE’s 24-hour CAT II BS 5979 technology centre, which can be responded to in real time.

Bob Forsyth, Managing Director, MITIE's Total Security Management business, commented: “The launch of this range of services was a natural progression for us as we have the ability to both monitor and respond to incidents as well as delivering a complete service to restore the property to its original state. With the economic climate still in flux it’s no wonder that property managers and owners are concerned about vandalism and theft.”

The launch of the vacant property security service comes just two weeks after MITIE announced a new £240million business called Built Environment.

The business was formed by bringing together MITIE’s interior fit-out and engineering services businesses.

Built Environment will provide clients with a complete end-to-end integrated fit-out offering, including consultancy, accountable project management, installation and energy services. Built Environment can also manage your building after the project has been completed.

Because MITIE is accountable for every aspect of fit-out and on-going operations, it can ensure that every part of the property is managed in the most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.

This allows clients to benefit from operational certainty of service and guaranteed cost savings – which at a time of austerity are particularly important.

Making buildings work more efficiently and reducing their carbon footprint is core to this new offer, and Built Environment provides advice and accountability around the customer’s need to comply with energy legislation.

Danny Leonard, Managing Director of Built Environment said: “By providing a completely integrated offering MITIE will be able to offer its clients guaranteed cost savings and the operational accountability of having to deal with only one company.

At a time when estates managers are looking to save money, while at the same time comply with an array of new carbon legislation, this kind of full service approach is exactly what the market is looking for.”

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