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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' types of signs should be clearly posted wherever the paint is in use. These should be posted to protect the company or householder from being sued in a civil court, e.g. to protect from civil action for 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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