The Sir John Moore Foundation situated in a grade I listed building, dating from the last quarter of the 17th century, had irreplaceable lead down pipes and brackets stolen in July 2014. Trace-in-Metal were called in and the new lead was permanently marked by infusing 1000’s of heat resistant microdots into the metal. Installing Trace-in-Metal's resilient marking system that protects the lead throughout the metal recycling ‘food-chain’ meant that this recyclable and ecological material, so important in maintaining the significance and visual integrity of historic buildings, could be used to replace the stolen down pipes.
The Leicestershire School was founded by Sir John Moore, a philanthropist who had made his fortune by selling lead from the Derbyshire dales to cover the roofs of the buildings of London. Moore had worked with Wren, and the irony of protecting the lead on the school he founded was not lost on the Trace-in-Metal team.
Sir John Moore Foundation are happy to endorse Trace-in-Metal and have provided the testimonial letter which is shown to the left of the text.
During 2011 2012 and 2013, St Brigid’s had been persistently targeted by lead thieves (10+ times). So much so that PSNI Crime Prevention had supplied CCTV cameras which surrounded the church in an effort to stop the theft.
However, to no avail and St Brigid’s spent thousands of pounds on repairing its roof in 2012/2013. Roof Commander was installed in 2014. “Late one night, the thieves came back, went up on the roof, I received the text alerts on my mobile phone from the Roof Commander. I went out with a torch, the Roof Commander sirens went off and the thieves ran off and that was the last time we had any further theft attempts” stated Father O’Donnell “it is not just the lead, but the damage to the roof tiles.” he said.
The Roof Commander has been working successfully ever since protecting St Bigid’s Roof.