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The anatomy of a vandal-resistant lift

How do you deal with extreme wear and tear, deliberate vandalism, or accidental damage to lifts? Phil McDonnell, Technical and Commercial Manager at ILE, explains the key features of a vandal-resistant lift solution and what it could mean for your building.
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The typical elements of lift vandalism

As leading manufacturers and suppliers of lift packages, components and complete solutions, we’ve seen our fair share of misuse of many elevators. Graffiti, scratching, button damage and melted elements caused by intentional fires are the most common acts of vandalism, although we are witnessing a reduction in damage through using a range of deterrents.

How can we prevent vandalism?

There are several simple but highly effective approaches to vandalism prevention, all of which can be installed in a short space of time and start protecting your property quickly.

  • Stainless steel
    A stainless-steel interior will help to stop damage, and all indicators provided by ILE are vandal-resistant. We offer a ‘pepper-pot’ style overlay, providing a layer of protection, but through which the indicator is still visible.

  • Mirrors
    Mirrors are an excellent addition to a lift to reduce vandalism. It’s been discovered that mirrors act as a deterrent, providing an opportunity for the passenger to look at themselves, and stopping them getting bored! All mirrors supplied by ILE are vandal-resistant, leaving them clear to gaze into on a lift journey.

  • Panels and doors
    Fire-proof panels and vandal-proof doors are also good additions, and all ILE doors have a full fire certificate as standard, and all panels provided have low smoke and fume cabling.

  • Cameras and lighting
    Having security cameras that monitor the lift area discourages anti-social behaviour and deters vandalism, while recording any damage as evidence for prosecution. Adequately lighting the area can also deter would-be vandals, additionally making them easier to identify on camera.

  • Access control
    The use of access control systems are often a great idea for lifts in un-manned or more remote locations such as railway stations. After a certain time of day, users must use an intercom and speak to an operator to request use of the lift, protecting it from those who may have ulterior motives.

Ultimately, there must be a realisation that if a lift is vandalised, it may be taken out of action and the only option will be the stairs! This education is sometimes enough to encourage passengers to take ownership and good care of their lifts.

When is it time to repair?

Whether through deliberate vandalism or standard wear-and-tear, there comes a time when a lift will need some TLC. Maintenance engineers should reduce the need for major repairs, highlighting any issues at their monthly checks; it shouldn’t be down to residents or users to report issues if these checks are carried out effectively.

Maintenance is crucial

While it’s always a good idea to keep lifts clean and functional, we have found that small damage often leads to further instances of vandalism occurring. Regular maintenance is the key to help avoiding this, keeping lifts in top condition and addressing every problem quickly, stopping people from making small issues worse.

Talk to the experts

Here at ILE, we have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the best ways to design, build and maintain lifts for a range of buildings and uses. We work with our customers to understand their objectives and requirements and create lift solutions to the desired standard. Give us a call today or send us a note to request more information.

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