Metal thefts | Norfolk Constabulary

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Metal thefts

Metal theft is one of the fastest rising crimes in the UK. Homes, churches, business premises and public buildings are all potential targets as thieves look for:

  • Roof lead
  • Copper piping
  • Inspection covers
  • Building and construction equipment
  • Commemorative plaques.

The following crime prevention tips are recommended to help protect your business from metal theft: 

  • Make your premises secure using gates, fencing and locks and don't leave any scrap materials lying around to tempt thieves 
  • Install vandal resistant ‘dawn to dusk’ sensored security lighting and consider installing CCTV 
  • Guttering, drainpipes and other climbing aids can be coated in anti-climb paint, which marks clothes and skin, often helping police to identify offenders. It should only be applied above 2.4 m from the ground and must be clearly signposted to comply with the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 
  • Consider using alternative materials to lead when making repairs. Coating lead in silver paint devalues the metal and makes it less likely to be stolen 
  • Where it is safe to do so, encourage your staff to challenge anyone they don't recognise on the premises 
  • Consider using a forensic property marking solution, such as SmartWater or SelectaDNA to security mark your property.