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Thefts of lead

Alert message sent 22/09/2010 11:36:00
Information sent on behalf of Nottinghamshire Police
So far during the month of September 2010 there have been 34 reported thefts of lead from roofs in Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe Boroughs. The range of premises attacked runs from bay windows and porches of houses to commercial buildings, schools and churches. With larger buildings the theft often goes unnoticed until there is heavy rain when ceilings may be brought down and other damage caused so it may be that there have been unreported offences. Offenders are motivated by the present high value of scrap lead. A small hatchback car could transport 500 worth of stolen metal. Work is being done to catch the other offenders who pay the thieves for the stolen metal but the current rewards encourage offenders to take high risks. This type of crime is often done stealthily in the small hours of the morning. Offenders use whatever they can find to climb onto porches and roofs - wheeled bins make good ladders and will support a surprising weight. They are also useful for transporting heavy metals such as lead to awaiting vehicles. Various things can be done to reduce the chances of this happening to you. Wherever possible secure any climbing aids where they cannot be used to get onto your roof. Smearing grease or using non-drying paint on the lead will make it less likely that the offenders will touch the metal. Painting the metal so that it is less obvious that there is lead on the roof may also help. Lead can be replaced with waterproof roof felt and there are modern systems using fibreglass. If you know who is committing the thefts or handling the stolen lead please let the Police know. You can telephone 0300 300 9999 and ask to report the information to local officers. You can use the facility to report information securely on the Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe community sites. You might prefer to report information anonymously through Crimestoppers - 0800 555111. If you hear or see anything suspicious in the small hours of the morning that suggests to you that a crime is being committed right then please ring 999 to report it to the Police.
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Robert Vaughan-Newton (Police, CRM - Gedling, Newark & Sherwood), as above)

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