Church gets device to fight lead thefts

| May 12, 2011

A NEW security system aimed at preventing the theft of lead and other valuable metals from buildings is being trialled by a North-East firm.

The Vipa Defender system is being tested at St Paul’s Church, in Spennymoor, County Durham, and St Mary’s Church, in Darlington, before being made available throughout the country.

It has been developed by Vipa UK, which is based in Darlington, in response to the soaring levels of metal thefts – now said to account for a quarter of all crime.

Nationally, the cost of lead theft from church roofs over the past four years is estimated at £23m, with £750,000 worth taken in the North- East.

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