Church Security Issues

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group encourage churches to be open during daylight hours and provide guidance and training on tackling and preventing crime in churches.

As many of our buildings are listed much crime against them is Heritage Crime. Historic England give advice on this:

If you are worried you may be a target you can inform your police neighbourhood team and tell them about your concerns. This will be used to inform decisions over priorities for the community in local policing. Find your nearest local neighbourhood policing team

If you are planning to install security measures that will be secured to the building please contact the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for advice.

Metal Theft

The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act 2013 provides a fair basis for the regulation of the scrap metal trade.

Key elements of the Act are:

  • A national register of scrap yards
  • Police powers of entry to ensure compliance
  • Powers to close yards that are trading illegally
  • Production of photo id at the point of sale
  • Cashless transactions only

The Act has a wide definition of a scrap dealer and will include itinerant collectors and smelting yards. Under current regulations these operations can trade for cash and, if this can continue, it will undermine the impact of cashless trade elsewhere.

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