Protect your school from metal theft

06 September 2021

How schools and other educational establishments can protect themselves from metal theft.

Precious metal

With metal prices on the increase, it’s no surprise that schools are increasingly becoming the target of thieves who are quick to exploit a lack of security to steal metal including lead, copper and stainless steel roof coverings, copper lightning conductors, pipes and even iron gates.

This can lead to a hefty bill for replacements and result in building structures being damaged, which may lead to leaks, water damage to internal furnishings, and potential disruption to teaching. Plus, if schools replace stolen metal and don’t step up their security, the thieves could well be back.

Tips to protect your school from metal theft

Take a look at our infographic for at-a-glance tips to protect your premises from this metal theft.

Tips to protect your school from metal theft

Top tip!

If lead sheets on roofs need replacing as part of a maintenance programme or following a theft, schools could consider fixing hollow rolled sheet lead as an alternative.

The copper fixings used to secure this lead make it more difficult to remove. They could also consider alternative materials, such as terne-coated stainless steel or zinc.

Any unoccupied buildings on site need to be regularly inspected and appropriately secured to deter potential thieves. This helps to reduce the risk of valuable metal and electrical or plumbing materials being targeted.