Metal Theft from Historic Buildings


    Prevention, Response and Recovery
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        Publication Date

        12 Jul 2017

        Main Summary

          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 but dealing with an attack appropriately is crucial to protect historic buildings and keep them in use.

          At Historic England, we recognise the serious impact of metal theft. As well as damage to historic buildings, it 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. It is an update of our 2011 note, Theft of Metal from Church Buildings, and reflects our updated advice to those dealing with metal theft and how to prevent it.

          Additional Information


          David Walsh
          Dale Dishon
          Diana Evans
          Chris Wood
          Jon Livesey
          Kate Guest
          Mark Harrison

          Author Information

          Dale Dishon is a Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas for Historic England.

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            • Historic England's approach to metal theft
            • Replacement following metal theft
            • Recovering the roof
            • Preventing theft
            • Dealing with theft
            • Help the police get a conviction
            • Where to get advice
            • Appendix 1: Checklist - what to do after a theft?
            • Appendix 2: Template letter to Historic England
            • Appendix 3: Alarm checklist
            • Appendix 4: Risk assessment template