5 Ways To Reduce Lead Roofing Theft

Over the past 4 years, the price of lead has quadrupled, causing metal theft to be one of the fastest-growing crimes in the UK. This rise could be due to the demand for lead in china. In 1997 the UK was exporting around 8,000 tones of recyclable metal but in 2005 this number had risen to 324,000 tonnes. Lead is being stolen from homes, schools and churches but there are things you can do to help stop this.


Anti-climb paint

This is also known as anti-vandal paint, consisting of a thick and oily coating that has to be applied with a stiff brush or trowel while wearing protective gloves. Once the paint has dried it becomes extremely slippery, so applying it to places like drain pipes can be beneficial, making it difficult for thieves to climb up. 

Anti Vandal paint sign
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SelectaDNA Grease

SelectaDNA has been specifically designed to protect outdoor materials like lead roofing and reduces crimes by 83%. If a thief was to handle anything with the product on, the grease would transfer onto their hands or clothing. This grease would then stay onto skin and clothing for weeks even after washing. This unique DNA code helps police link the perpetrator to the crime.


Communal awareness

Since you are inside your property, you won’t be able to see if your lead roofing is being stolen but it doesn’t mean that others outside won’t. If your neighbours are notified of the threat, they would be a lot more aware while walking around. Putting up posters with your phone number on or talking to neighbours are great ways of raising awareness in the community.


General anti-theft tactics

To protect your roofing you need to make it more difficult for thieves to access it. You can do this by making sure there are no ladders left lying around or pruning back large trees that may provide access. Promoting visibility is also key, this can be done by installing security lights, or cutting large bushes so they can’t hide behind.

Security light


Smart Water

98% of Smart Water clients have suffered no attacks since 2018. In fact, 74% of criminals say they would avoid a property that has smart water signage. The water-based liquid is applied to your tiles and it contains a unique forensic signature which can withstand fire, humidity and sunlight. Only a tiny spec is required to be on the person in order to track them back to the crime.

If you are in need of new lead roofing or just some expert advice, contact Crown Metal Roofing today on 01865 704 031.