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How one church’s roof alarm successfully prevented metal theft on three separate occasions.
Due to the high value of scrap metals such as lead and copper, churches remain exposed to the threat of metal theft. Over the years, Ecclesiastical has seen a shift in the perpetrators of these crimes from lone, opportunistic individuals to more organised gangs. As a result, the amount of metal stolen during an incident has increased significantly, as has the damage caused during its removal.
As the leading insurer of churches in the UK, we are acutely aware of the risks churches face and the cost and heartache caused in theft of metal cases. Working closely with the relevant authorities and specialist suppliers, we are exploring ways to try to reduce the incidents of metal theft. Currently, one of the most effective ways to reduce metal theft is the installation of a monitored roof alarm.
The main purpose of a roof alarm is to deter thieves, detect intrusion at the earliest opportunity and reduce the risk of a significant loss occurring. Whilst St Bartholomew’s did suffer repeated attacks over a short period of time, the damage suffered was minimal and the intruders were unsuccessful in their attempts to remove any lead from the roof. If you would like to know more please give us a call on 0345 777 3322.