English Heritage - Heritage Crime

English Heritage commissioned research by Newcastle University, Loughborough University and the Council of British Archaeology into the scale of the threat from heritage crime in England. A summary note 'Heritage Crime: The Size of the Problem' and the full research paper are available to download free of charge from this page. 

Key highlights include:

  • An estimated 18.7% of all listed buildings were physically effected by crime last year. That is over 70,000 listed buildings.
  • For almost 30,000 listed buildings the impact was substantial.
  • The biggest single threat is metal theft and the most threatened type of building is a church. About 3 in 8 churches or other religious buildings were damaged by crime last year
  • There is also a summary of the findings on this webpage and a document on metal theft from churches

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