Heritage Crime Programme
Unlawful works, theft, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour can be devastating to individual historic buildings or sites and have an attritional effect on our heritage generally. Around 20% of listed buildings are harmed by crime every year and the figure is near double for listed places of worship (1).
In order to maximise efforts to prevent such crimes and punish them appropriately, Historic England has researched the nature of the problem and provides guidance and training on effective strategies for enforcement agencies, owners and other interested groups.
At a national level, the police, Crown Prosecution Service, participating local authorities and other agencies meet regularly to share intelligence and discuss strategies.
Historic England convenes an interest group called the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH) which provides a means of sharing information and strategies and encouraging local networks who can make a real difference by executing the strategies and tactics. Membership is open to all relevant groups.
Also of interest...
Online searchable database of designated heritage assets (excluding conservation areas).
Damage to a heritage asset is often irreversible. Even if there is evidence of what was there before.
The law contains a number of criminal offences aimed at protecting historic buildings and sites and at ensuring the appropriate consents are sought when necessary.
Heritage at Risk Survey.
There are hundreds of organisations and hundreds of thousands of people who each year give their time for free to protect the nation’s heritage.