Protect your Business from Metal Theft

If you are a business, there are a wide range of simple, low-cost measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of your business becoming a victim of metal theft. 

The following are some suggestions:

  • Where possible, make premises physically secure using locks, gates or fencing. If existing security is in place, make sure that it is being used.
  • Remove the opportunity to steal by disposing of any scrap materials and equipment as soon as possible.
  • Do not leave ladders or other tools where they could be used by thieves to gain access to your building or to remove your metal.
  • Think about using anti-climb paint on drains and guttering to reduce the ability for thieves to gain access to your roof. Do not use this below a height of two metres
  • Don't advertise the presence of cabling. Cover it up or contain it within alarmed containers or by using ground anchors.
  • Use security marking products to make items identifiable and less desirable to steal. There are a range of commercial UV fluorescent greases and lacquers that are available.
  • Use CCTV where available and ensure that it is operating properly. Make sure that lighting is working, and think about installing extra lighting if critical parts of your premises are unlit.
  • Make sure that items such as wheelbarrows or wheelie bins are locked away at night, as these items may be used to transport materials away from the premises.
  • Encourage staff to challenge people that they do not know and report any suspicions.
  • Prohibit general access to areas where metals are stored and try to increase security around the times that metals are delivered to your premises.
  • If possible adapt business methods to minimise the amount of metals kept on site.
  • Keep a master list of the equipment and bulk metal you do have, and if possible take photographs of these.
  • Consider alternatives to metal such as lead on roofs, that would reduce your risk.
  • Ensure your insurance coverage is adequate in regards to metal theft. Ensure this is kept up to date should the nature of your business or your business premises changes.
Updated: 7th January 2015 at 16:38