After a devastating fire, or even a water damage, a home is most vulnerable to theft. Thieves can attempt to steal not just of personal items but also appliances and even copper piping which then causes further damage as heat cannot be restored. News of a loss is broadcast over publicly accessible airwaves by fire and police departments so a criminal has advanced warning that a property is accessible and unoccupied.
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To prevent this secondary tragedy it is important to have the property boarded-up and secured as quickly as possible. While thieves can always find a way into any property, a proper board up which uses the right tools and techniques will be enough of a deterrent to keep out most criminals.
At ServiceMaster, our first priority on many large jobs is to secure the property to keep the contents safe while insurance adjusters and inspectors do their job and mitigation starts. With an on call crew available 24/7, we can help virtually any property in those critical first few hours.
Insurance companies will often require a contractor to go to a home or business immediately to secure windows and doors. We recently did a board up after a water damage Brunswick Maine at 2:00 am in order to make sure no one entered the house. While there was a possibility of theft, the structure was also not safe and someone entering could have been seriously injured or killed.
Check out this from Fire Fighter Nation //www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/methods-accessing-boarded-structures