English Heritage examines crime to historic buildings crime

The first comprehensive survey on the effect of crime on England's historic buildings and sites, commissioned by English Heritage, has been released. The survey shows a worrying rate of damage. Read more

On the survey’s release Heritage Minister John Penrose showed his concern:

"This survey makes for depressing reading. When historic buildings and sites fall victim to vandalism, damage and theft, it's not just the owner who suffers. Very often the thing that's been stolen or damaged is literally irreplaceable, and the whole community is the loser.

"So I pay tribute to English Heritage for drawing everyone's attention to this problem, and for the work they - along with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service - are doing to help combat it."

Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage commented:

"The figures are alarming, particularly for our churches. Whilst heritage assets are not necessarily being targeted over other places, save perhaps for their valuable materials and artefacts, they are suffering a substantial rate of attrition from crime nonetheless.

"Damage done to a listed building or an archaeological site can often not be put right and centuries of history will be lost forever. These places have an obviously high value to society. Their particular vulnerability warrants every effort to ensure they are still around for future generations to enjoy just as much as we enjoy them now."