Sadly the theft of lead from roofs is a problem which has increased dramatically over recent years as the value of metal has soared. The roofs of commercial premises, schools and domestic dwellings are frequent victims although churches are among the hardest hit.
The problem not only causes great inconvenience to its victims but also can cost thousands of pounds in higher insurance premiums, especially if you’re a repeat target.
There are, however, a number of security measures you can take to reduce the chance of you becoming victim to lead theft; lock gates to prevent vehicles from entering your premises or people walking through easily, ensure thieves do not have easy access to your roof by removing items such as water butts, waste bins, and ladders from the immediate vicinity.
You could even apply anti-climb paint to drain pipes and roof guttering to make it as difficult as possible for potential thieves to climb onto the roof. (Ensure you only use it on piping over 2m, however, and warning notices should always be used)
If you haven’t done so already, consider installing additional security such as lighting, sensors, security cameras and intruder alarms. Report all roof lead thefts to the police so they can issue warnings for the area and help catch who‘s responsible.
CD Hood as good local builders can help with any repairs or damage caused in connection with lead theft but it is best to try and prevent any damage occurring in the first place.