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Signage FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the signage of SmartWater.

  • Why must I display deterrent signage?

     
    To comply with policy conditions you must make sure SmartWater signs are displayed at prominent places around the property. This is to warn thieves that your church is protected.
  • Does displaying the signage highlight the fact that we have valuables and external metal?

     
    Displaying the signage proves that the church is actively protecting its property. This deters criminals and makes a prosecution and conviction more likely in the event of a theft.
  • Where should I place my deterrent signs?

     

    SmartWater signs are best displayed where criminals might gain access to items at risk. This could be a wall adjacent to a low-level roof, or a drainpipe providing access to the roof. It could also be located next to a lightning conductor.


    Areas of the church that are not generally overlooked are also good, though areas of poor visibility such as the inside of a porch should be avoided. Perimeter fencing and gates permitting entry to the church also present an ideal location for erecting signage, thus deterring would-be thieves before they gain entry to the site. For more advice, please see the SmartWater Church Signage Guide.


    A limited number of free SmartWater warning signs and stickers are available from Ecclesiastical customer services on 0345 777 3322.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.