Church Watch – Lead Thefts

How to reduce the risk of lead being stolen from your church roof

Below is some advice from Suffolk Police about how to protect churches and their property. You may also want to consider joining their Church Watch Scheme.

Think about using alternative materials to lead when making any repairs.

  • coating lead flashing and drain pipes in anti-climb paint.  This is non-drying and marks clothes and skin to help identify offenders.  It should only be applied above 2.4 metres from the ground and must be clearly signposted to comply with the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984
  • coating lead in silver paint.  This devalues the metal and makes it less likely to be stolen
  • using coloured lead.  This will allow flashing to blend in with the rest of the building, making it more difficult to identify.
  • Also think about using a forensic solution, such as SmartWater, SelectaDNA, RedWeb or Crimestoppers products, to security mark your property.

Suffolk Police have further guidance about church security.  If you see any suspicious vehicles or people in vicinity of any churches in your area you should report it immediately.  To report a crime:

Call 101 to report a non-urgent crime or to contact your local officer

Call 999 if a crime is in progress or life is in danger

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact them through their website.

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