What do thieves target?
In recent years, metal thefts in the Thames Valley have included:
- Copper lightning conductors.
- Lead and copper rainwater pipes.
- Bronze statues and metal garden ornaments.
- Iron gates.
- Church bells.
- Manhole covers.
- Catalytic converters from cars and commercial vehicles - download a catalytic converter advice leaflet (PDF 131 Kb - opens new window).
Legal disposal of scrap metal
- Dispose of scrap metal regularly. Thieves will use the excuses of ‘can I take your scrap away mate?’ to have a good look around and assess the vulnerabilities of your site.
- Use a legitimate waste carrier to remove scrap from your site. Legal waste carriers are registered and licensed by the Environment Agency. To search for legitimate waste carriers in your area go to approved company or individuals (opens new window).
- Use a legitimate scrap dealer. Ask your council for information on approved sites.
Protecting your property
- Report incidents of suspicious activity to the police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.
- Store ladders out of sight and in a secure place.
- Cut back tall trees and vegetation which could provide a screen.
- Encourage your employees to keep an eye on the building.
- Consider installing security lighting.
- Use security and forensic marking to mark metal goods.
- Consider using a CCTV system. Ask your insurance company for details.
For more information on fly-tipping, visit our Fly-tipping section.
- Download a Farm Security Assessment (PDF 181 Kb - opens new window)
- Download police-approved Secured by Design lead replacement products (DECRA form flash) (PDF 1.12 Mb - opens new window)
- Download metal theft advice for businesses (PDF 57 Kb - opens new window)
- Download metal theft advice for homes (PDF 56 Kb - opens new window)