Metal theft


Please be vigilant and if you see a crime taking place ring 999.

If possible take down the vehicle registration number but please do not attempt to tackle intruders yourself. 

On no account approach the thieves.

If your alarm sounds don't assume it is a false alarm and, as a crime could be in action, please ring the police on 999.  

If you have cause to ring the police please mention that the church is a heritage building. This brings a stiffer sentence if and when someone is caught and convicted.

If you notice a lead theft after the event then report it to the police via 101 or preferably the website

In addition, do encourage neighbours to keep an eye on the church building and make sure the contact details of the churchwarden are displayed. Ideally visit the church as frequently as practicable as lead theft is sometimes only visible from inside the church after rain has fallen through the missing roof.


Make sure you have applied Smartwater or the equivalent to your roof and you have registered the application. Make sure too that you display Smartwater notices – the Ecclesiastical is not paying out in full to one church because the notices weren’t displayed.

Roof alarm

Please consider getting a roof alarm – they cost a lot less than a replacement roof.  Contact your insurer for an approved list of suppliers.

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust are offering financial help towards the installation of roof alarms. Please check their website here for details.

Further resources

Lead Theft Leaflet | PDF

Metal Thefts - Ecclesiastical's advice | Webpage

Metal Thefts - English Heritage's advice | PDF


For further support please email Charlotte Hodgson

Page last updated: 25th November 2021 11:59 AM