While gardening recently I was a bit perplexed on seeing my neighbour returning from her shopping trip and then taking a very deliberate look at the roof of her house before going indoors. No doubt she noticed my bewilderment as I followed her gaze and she explained that there had been a spate of thefts of lead from roofs in the neighbourhood and she had checked her roof as a matter of course ever since.
A couple of days later I had to chuckle at a headline in the local paper;
“Scrap metal thieves deterred by falling metal prices.”
I must remember to tell my neighbour that her roof is safe for the time being. Life has its compensations. Every recession has a silver lining!