Church uses lasers in the fight against crime

| October 14, 2010

A VILLAGE church has adopted Mission Impossible-style security measures to protect it from thieves.

The theft of lead from the roof of St John's Church, Dormansland, in May this year prompted the launch of a fundraising drive to buy a laser security system.

The laser beams, when broken, will trigger an emergency call to police.

The Reverend Graham Paddick said: "Thefts like this seem to have been happening all over the country.

"We have had to raise £10,000 in total, with half of this coming from generous donations."

The church is one of many public buildings in the area which have been targeted by lead thieves in recent months, with the value of scrap lead high.

According to one scrap metal merchant, a tonne of lead can raise around £1,000, compared to a couple of hundred a few years ago.

"I think that we are all just fed up with this happening and it isn't fair for people to steal such a valuable resource and to not get into trouble," Mr Paddick added.

"It is people and places like us that have to foot the bill, but I do hope that having another preventative measure in place will deter people from stealing something that isn't theirs."

He said the laser security system was the "best option" to allow the police to catch thieves red-handed.

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