Confident Calling - How you can fight Heritage Crime

05 Nov 2019

We know that many people feel uncomfortable calling the police to report Heritage Crime or if they see something suspicious. But the reality is that members of the public are one of our best defences in protecting our shared heritage from criminals. 2018 saw a 75% increase in Heritage Crime attacks at churches in our care and nationally we have seen some horrific crimes take place at historic churches.

Heritage Crime can include theft, arson, vandalism, graffiti and antisocial behaviour and since 2016, in response to increasing attacks, new Sentencing Guidelines have been introduced for offenders who cause loss or damage to heritage and cultural assets.

Our Saving Historic Churches: Reporting Heritage Crime resource provides the public with easy-to-follow instructions for reporting suspicious activity or Heritage Crime. These guidelines are not exclusive to protecting our churches but can be used in reporting crimes at other heritage sites. Download this free resource below.