There is a link to reporting suspicious circumstances surrounding your church either people or their vehicles for which, photographs can be added, when you click reporting crime and select Heritage Watch.
Dear Church Warden,
It is a sad fact that crime involving churches and other buildings that are significant to communities and part of our heritage has become more and more prevalent in recent years. Notably the theft of lead and copper from church roofs has been on the increase in the East Midlands.
You will know that attacks, threat to churches and reports of damage across the diocese effect their congregations and also has an immediate impact on the local community, all feeling a sense they have been violated.
To raise the response to this increasing threat to churches all the agencies, with a role to play, have been meeting to coordinate effort. This partnership includes both Diocese of Leicester and Peterborough, Leicestershire Police, Historic England and an array of national crime prevention agencies.
The focus on the church estate, as a specific risk, is part of wider working between Leicestershire Police and Historic England to raise awareness of the prevalence of Heritage Crime. We are also very much part of the National Police Chiefs Council’s strategic response to tackling Heritage & Cultural Property Crime. As such the partners are drawing upon knowledge of what works best to deter and detect crimes against church property.
As part of our commitment to responding positively to all crime effecting our local churches we now have six dedicated Heritage Watch Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) Support Volunteers ready and able to lend support to Church Wardens and to help keep Churches secure.
These volunteers have geographical areas allotted to them, so you will find a contact below for your church. Churches that are attracting the attention of criminals are receiving routine visits to prevent further loss or damage. To aid you and to enable this team to give appropriate crime prevention advice you are encouraged to complete the ‘Church Crime Prevention Risk Assessment’ form attached. From this we can determine how best to help and what advice to give, this may include a site visit from your team representative, listed below.
- Leicester City, Blaby NPA & Oadby and Wigston District – Ben Nandrame
- North West Leicestershire and Charnwood – Jenny Kent
- Melton & Rutland – David Harvey & Jan Warren
- Harborough District – Stephanie King
- Charnwood (Co-role with Rural Watch) – Pam King
Contact details: All can be contacted by clicking the Heritage Watch link on the Rutland App under Crime reporting