Can I use anti-climbing paint on a building or wall to prevent trespassers and anti-social behaviour?

Yes, it is perfectly legal to use anti-climbing paint although there are a couple of factors which should be considered when applying the paint -

  • You should make sure the anti-climbing paint starts at a reasonably high level so passers-by do not damage their clothing inadvertently.
  • 'Warning: Anti-Climb Paint' signs should be clearly posted wherever there is paint in use. These should be posted to protect the company or householder from being sued in a civil court, e.g. to protect themselves from civil action for any damage to clothing.
  • The notices should be simple enough for a reasonably young person to understand as, apart from intruders, they are the ones likely to be trying to climb up.

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