Campaign launched to save British churches from scourge of metal theft
A national campaign to save Britain’s thousands of churches from further damage by criminals stealing lead from their roofs was launched today.
Hands Off Our Church Roofs aims to see sophisticated electronic alarm systems installed on the roofs of British Anglican churches across the country.
The campaign has been launched by leading church and heritage insurer Ecclesiastical, which is investing £500,000 of its own money to install roof alarms free of charge on some of the country's most badly affected churches.
Hands Off Our Church Roofs is backed by the Church of England Church Buildings Council, the Association of Chief Police Officers and Minister of State for the Home office Lord Henley.
Starting this month, Ecclesiastical will fit alarms to a number of churches across England, Scotland and Wales. Signage will then be displayed at all churches to warn thieves of the existence of church roof alarms in the area.