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Tackling Heritage Crime

If you are concerned about crime or anti-social behaviour affecting historic sites and buildings in England, you can find out what we are doing to tackle the problem and how you can help.
  • Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

    Tackling Heritage Crime

    Heritage crime is "any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations".

  • Image of a bronze cannon recovered from a historic wreck.

    Reporting a Crime

    Ways to report heritage crime

  • Drop Redoubt detail of embrasures

    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

    Memorandum of Understanding drawn up as part of a nationwide initiative to tackle heritage crime.

  • Hapsford Hall Barn

    Initial Investigation

    If a local authority is concerned about a crime affecting a heritage asset it should contact the police either immediately on 999.

  • Police Response to Heritage Crime

    Many police services are already actively engaged in preventing and investigating crimes involving historic places.

  • Warning sign against metal detection

    Get Involved

    The Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH) is a voluntary national network which takes forward initiatives to tackle heritage crime.

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