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Lead theft from Church of the Holy Rood, Sparsholt

on Tue, 04/09/2018 - 12:53pm

At some point in the last three weeks (article dated 4/9/18), 30sq metres of lead was stolen from the church roof in Sparsholt.

If you have any information or saw anything suspicious in the area please call 101. 

Previously when this crime has been committed we have seen a spate in that particular area, so please stay vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles or people.

Please read the crime reduction advice below to help you becoming a victim too.
 
Offenders take the lead because of the rising value of scrap metal. Please consider the following if you have a lead roof (mainly schools and churches):

  • Security marking – marking the lead will make the crime less attractive and make it harder for the offenders to sell on. If you use a DNA marking solution i.e. SmartWater it can be traced back to the owner if recovered.
  • Keep gates locked and restrict vehicle access.
  • Maximise surveillance levels i.e. cutting back tall trees.
  • Encourage members of the local community to keep an eye on the building and report anything suspicious.
  • Remove things that might help thieves get access to the roof, like water butts, bins and tall trees.
  • Conduct regular checks of the roof so the theft is detected at the earliest possible time.
  • Apply anti-climb paint to drain pipes and roof guttering to restrict access to roofing (warning signs must be displayed when using the paint and below a height of 2m)
  • Install CCTV.

For further Crime Prevention advice please visit: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/lead-theft/lead-theft.htm

Or call 101 and speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

From a 'Neighbourhood Alert' email received 4/9/18