The value of lead as progressively increased over the years and as a result the rates of theft have also. The material can be used for a variety of reasons and it can be found in numerous locations including town halls, old houses and churches.
These places are commonly targeted by criminals and the issue of lead theft is rife across the UK but particularly in Northern Ireland. Reports by the BBC revealed that there has been a 100% increase in lead thefts in Northern Ireland and according to a survey by Ecclesiastical, lead thefts cost the insurance company a whopping £9 million from 2007-2008.
Some thefts are so severe that it has resulted in buildings closing down temporarily for repairs and for some; the extent of the damage is so harsh that the cost is incredibly high and they have had to shut their doors permanently.
One church in Burnley in Lancashire had to close indefinitely because the repair bill was in excess of £400,000. There are methods that you can implement to combat lead thefts and here are 5 top tips:
- CCTV and security lighting
These are a great way to deter thieves from even attempting to steal.
Keep the premises secure with gates and make sure all doors are locked and windows are shut.
- Anti-vandalism paint
This is special paint; it looks exactly the same as all other paints but the paint will stay on the individual for months on end. This makes the criminal easily recognisable by authorities.
- Local neighbourhood schemes
These are great to get involved with as it pays to have an extra pair of eyes watching your premises. This is particularly beneficial when you are not around to know someone else is looking out for your building.
- Alternative products
Myredandroof provide a unique innovative product called Rapid Flashing and this is a non-toxic alternative to lead flashing but has all the same qualities. It is lightweight and has no scrap value so it is less likely to be stolen. It is still easy to install and is in fact cheaper in price so if lead does need to be replaced, perhaps this is a substitute option.
This article was written by Myredlandroof.co.uk, specialists in the roofing industry. For more advice on how to avoid lead thefts and for information on their unique Rapid Flashing product, simply visit the website.