During the Covid-19 outbreak there may be times when you’re required to leave a property empty for an extended period. To help keep your building safe and secure, our risk management team have listed several precautionary measures you need to take to safeguard your property:

Disconnect power – turn off all battery charging equipment that you won’t be using. Switch off and disconnect any portable appliances from sockets if they are not needed. Do not isolate all electrical systems at the main switch board when power is needed for alarm systems or other critical building systems.

Get rid of the rubbish – try not to leave any waste hanging around in your unattended building or close to the external building perimeter. Ensure bins or skips are away from the building and empty where possible.

Remove valuable items – where practical, remove any cash or valuable items including portable office equipment that is not needed.

Be prepared to respond to any incident – Ensure all key staff have access to call out lists, Emergency Response Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans

Keep it heated – as we move into spring this shouldn’t be as much of a problem, but as a rule all buildings should be kept at a temperature above 4 degrees centigrade to look after the heating and water systems.

Light it up – if possible, leave the external security lighting switched on or programmed by timers or activated by light sensors.

Keep fire protection active – ensure all fire protection systems, including fire suppression systems such as sprinklers and fire detection systems, are active and maintained and ensure that the systems are remotely monitored.

Isolate water – if the property is going unoccupied for a long period of time, isolate water supplies that are not required for fire protection systems or other critical equipment.

Lock up – make sure you close all the doors, especially any fire doors, lock your windows and close any shutters.

Set the intruder alarm – check it’s working and remotely monitored. Ensure all alarm activations will be attended by a key holder.

Keep an eye on it – maintain security rounds and site safety checks where practical and possible.

For more detailed advice on property control measures and risk mitigation, please get in touch with a member of our team.

Our individual email addresses will remain to be the main point of contact for all our brokers as well as our Leeds office land line number (0113 8314333), together with mobile numbers, which are both detailed below and we remain at your disposal to deal with any queries regarding your Policy, Renewals and New Business enquiries.

Contact information:-


Darren Pass 07834154545

Peter Milner 07850058063

Chris Rooke

Marine Cargo and Freight

Angela McCluskie 07590840098

David Heeney 07590840416

Lance Carter

Jim Moore 07510594151

Mark Kraushar

Marine Trades

Marc Watts 07772321209

Bob Watts 07939229625




David Heeney 07590840416

Lance Carter

Fine Art and Specie

James Bavin 07715547502

Marketing – TOBA Facilitation

Chris Hutchinson


C.O.O. – Patricia Dickinson 07808330650

C.E.O. – Gerry Sheehy 07541240023