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The dangers of unsecured areas

"Health & safety issues with unsecured restricted areas can be costly. If locks are breached or keys are freely available to be copied then this may present dangers:"

  • Arson

  • Items thrown from roof tops owing to unauthorised access to the roof area

  • Electrocution from unauthorised access to electrical intake cupboards and rooms

  • Anti-social behaviour taking place in unsecured areas of restricted access

  • Water tank contamination due to breach of security

  • Lift closures due to vandalism of motor rooms

Associated costs with the problems above include:

  • Repair to buildings and relocation of dwellings or premises

  • Increased electricity bills owing to unauthorised access to electricity  supply

  • Regular surveillance and lock replacements

  • Water tank treatment

  • Repair bills for vandalised machinery and equipment

  • Health & safety and environmental penalties

  • Social costs affecting the environment

  • Increased insurance premiums

The lock at the side has been breached exposing the contents of an electrical intake room.  This may pose a threat to children, a risk of electricity theft or a possible arson attack.








Breached areas becoming used as dumping grounds or for anti-social behaviour (below):


Product Information

Product Statement

“With our electrical intake cupboards, we had problems of vandalism and existing locks were breached owing to keys being readily available

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, facilities that could be used by the Fire & Rescue Service must be kept in good working order.

A sustainable solution was needed. 

We undertook a security and fire safety upgrade programme, installing over 1,000 high security Gerda H System® locks. The levels of anti-social behaviour have substantially reduced and the service rooms now function effectively.”

London Borough of Camden