We were called out to an empty property which had just been refurbished.
The property was boarded up awaiting new tenants.
When we arrived on site we found the rear security boarding had been removed and the property had been broken into.
The landlords were on site and were visibly distressed.
Upon inspection we found that the intruders had removed all the copper pipes from the whole building.
This included the gas and water pipes.
The floor boards had been lifted, all the doors to the flats had been smashed open. All the sinks had been smashed in order to remove the taps.
The property was left in a terrible state.
What needs to borne in mind here is that the scrap value for the copper was in the region of £80 pounds but the damge to the property is somewhere between £30,000 to £40,000.
Not including loss of income.
Not surprisingly the landlords are devastated.
We cannot reiterate enough the importance of securing empty property and once refurbished getting tenants in straight away.
This could have been so much worse but that is little consellation to the owners who now have to spend a huge sum of money to get the property liveable again.