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As part of the Tatler SOS Experts’ Corner, we delve into the subject of owning a luxury property. Here, ​​Mike O’Neill from Optimal Risk, suggests what security should be required with a large rural purchase.

Firstly, you should ask the agent and current owners about any crime against the property in question or nearby properties. There are online crime statistics available for each police area and you should review these to get an idea of reported crime nearby. Crime against rural property is a very real occurrence, these include the same concerns that homeowners in urban areas have plus some others that are unique to the countryside.

The main residence, annexes and all out-buildings should have good security in terms of strong physical locks on doors and windows. Intruder alarms are very useful for outside buildings and should be seriously considered for the main residence. The alarm boxes should be visible to act as a deterrent. Modern systems can be programmed to take account of pets and are very easy to use. Modern CCTV can be very discreet and the analytics can be very useful in highlighting unwanted movement at different times of day.

Just because you’re in the country it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t lock your cars or leave the doors unlocked when you’re at home as opportunistic thieves will take any chance presented.

All valuables in the house should be documented and photographed in case of a burglary. It is also worth considering having a safe professionally installed. Some families do have safe or panic rooms built if they think the threat is severe enough – these require careful planning and installation to be effective.

The perimeter should be maintained well, and any unused entrances closed off to prevent unwanted intrusions onto your land. Fly-tipping is on the increase and as a private landowner you must bear the cost of clearing up any rubbish left which can be highly expensive. Sensible precautions will act as a deterrent to criminals and give you early warning signs of any attempted break-ins.

For more first-rate guidance on all the questions involved in buying a high-value property visit the Tatler High Net Worth Address Book.

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