Taking action against metal thefts

Homes, churches, schools, business premises and public buildings can all be targets of metal thefts.

Members of the public who live around or near vulnerable buildings such as churches and schools, should keep a special lookout for suspicious activity and report it immediately. This could involve checking adjacent buildings if you get up in the night, or as you walk your dog, or drive past, or noting and reporting suspicious vehicles.

Owners of vulnerable premises can also take steps to tackle the problem and may consider installing a range of additional crime prevention measures and systems.

Things to consider

Information from vigilant members of the public is vital if the police are to successfully target those responsible for metal thefts.

These crimes are damaging to society and affecting people's livelihoods. People need to be alert to any suspicious activity and not hesitate to report it to the police.

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