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Theft of metal roof coverings from churches and other historic buildings

replaced by Theft of Metal from Church Buildings

A dramatic increase in theft of architectural metals has come about because of spiralling world prices. Lead sheet has been the main target. A significant proportion of this cost is making good damage caused by the thieves and the subsequent ingress of water.  Advice is provided on the following topics:

Properties of lead and stainless steel roofing materials

Crime prevention

  • Awareness and surveillance
  • Physical security measures
  • Property marking metal goods
  • Electrical systems
  • Temporary building works

After a theft occurs

  • Action on discovering a theft
  • Insurance
  • Temporary roofing
  • Changing the roof covering

The document concludes with a check list of risk assessment for an individual building or site.

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