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Metal Theft from Historic Buildings

Front cover of Metal Theft from Historic Buildings

Prevention, response and recovery

This advice note is for churchwardens, trustees, fabric officers, volunteers and owners who care for historic buildings, especially places of worship. Preventing metal theft, especially from roofs, is the priority.

As well as damage to historic buildings, metal theft causes expense, distress and frustration. Replacement and subsequent insurance can be costly.

The note deals mainly with theft of lead roofs from historic churches but the information applies to other types of building and traditional metal.

Contents

  1. Our approach to metal theft
  2. The basis for Historic England’s advice
  3. Recovering the roof
  4. What you can do to prevent future thefts
  5. What to do immediately following a theft
  6. How to help the police to identify offenders and bring them to justice.

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 28

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