How to protect your roof from metal thieves – Part 4

Prevent roof thefts effectively

This is day 4 of a week-long series of articles on preventing metal theft. Previous articles can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Some properties are unable to be modified to the degree required for a wholesale roof replacement. They may be protected conservation properties or they may have decorative leadwork features of important historical or artistic value.

In these cases, protecting the property’s roof has traditionally been much trickier, relying upon the classic methods outlined in section 1. However, recent technological advances have emerged which promise to make deterrents a lot more effective.

Most people are familiar with anti-climb paint, which has been in use across the country for several years. These products coat thieves in clothing-staining grease while they attempt to clamber up a protected surface, allowing police to subsequently identify the thieves.

The main problem with many of these products is that they are only effective in the immediate aftermath of a crime.

Police are rarely lucky enough to catch culprits red-handed, and the course of an investigation can take days, weeks or even months to produce any results. The thieves’ stained clothing can be quickly and easily disposed of, leaving behind mere traces of grease (which could have come from a thousand sources).

But what if that wasn’t the case? What if one tiny dot of dye in the criminals’ van could be incontrovertibly linked back to the crime scene?

In the last article in this series, we will be looking at one of the most technologically advanced security solutions on the market. Come back tomorrow to find out more!

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