Who is most likely to be targeted?
While all properties can be targeted for their metal, the Home Office says businesses are more at risk than homes. These are crimes based on opportunity more than planning. Locally in the New Forest listed buildings are frequently targeted and occasionally properties with conservatories that have lead flashing.
Please consider the crime prevention advice in this section to protect your property against metal theft. Some of the security measures below are low-cost options, while others involve using more high-tech solutions at a greater expense. Some security measures will be more appropriate than others for your property.
Action you need to take now
We strongly recommend that you review the security of your property
1. Remove any easy access onto building roofs, such as water butts, waste bins and tall trees located near to the building. This makes theft more difficult. Remember to get any necessary approval from your local authority for tree cutting before work starts.
2. Store any ladders in a secure place. This is really important when building works that involve scaffolding are taking place.
3. Where possible, keep any gates locked and restrict vehicle access to your property.
4. Make it difficult for thieves to move stolen goods by removing wheelbarrows and wheelie bins. Put these items in a secure place.
5. Maximise surveillance by cutting back tall trees and vegetation which could otherwise provide a screen for intruders to hide behind. Remember to get any necessary approval from your local authority for tree cutting before work starts.
6. Regularly check your roofs so that any theft of roofing materials is found before it rains and water enters the building, causing further damage.