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Roof metal Theft

Advice on assessing your particular risk, preventive measures, and what to do if you do suffer a lead theft

Devastating roof metal thefts from two of our churches occurred in May 2015.  This demonstrates that organised and ruthless gangs are highly active across the country, despite tighter legislation over scrap metal dealers in the UK (thieves are now sending metal directly abroad).  They will strike again in our diocese and so PCCs need to be ready for that.  Opportunistic theft of lightning conductors and internal church metal also remains a significant threat. 

Ecclesiastical Insurance have produced a very useful risk assessment tool for parishes.

Guidance is available on physical security for roof metal


Advice for if you suffer theft of roof metal

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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.