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Metal Theft

While metal thefts from churches have reduced in recent years the issue has not gone away and we continue to see new claims.  The level of risk a church can face varies and we recommend all PCCs review our Metal Theft Checklist to see if there are any precautions they can take to reduce the chances of this problem affecting you.

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Top tips for protecting your church from metal theft

Lead, copper and stainless steel roof coverings, roof flashings, copper lightning conductors and lead rainwater pipes have all been targeted. Whilst world demand for metal remains strong their scrap value will continue to be high, making them an attractive target for thieves, and churches will continue to face this problem for the foreseeable future. Please review our top tips below or download our detailed theft of metal prevention guidance notes.

Security marking

Applying SmartWater to external metal (or an alternative forensic marking system approved by us) is a condition of your insurance. Please make sure you have applied SmartWater solution and registered with SmartWater and you have displayed the signs warning that metal has been protected.  For more information read our SmartWater page .

Engage with your local community

Joining the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme and urging the church’s neighbours to keep a watchful eye out for anything suspicious around the church can be a big help that costs nothing. Anything suspicious should be reported to the police straightaway and you should inform other churches in your area to put them on their guard. 

Install an electronic roof security system

Over 500 churches now have roof alarms to help protect external metal.  Alarms can be virtually invisible and large roof areas can be protected cost effectively. For more information visit our roof alarms page .

  • Did you know?

    If you install an Ecclesiastical-approved roof security system and have also applied a forensic marking system approved by us (such as SmartWater) to external metal, displayed signage and registered with the provider, we may be able to increase your theft of metal cover, depending on your individual circumstances.

    Call us on 0345 777 3322 for more information.

Is your SmartWater kit registered?

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If you are unsure, you can call SmartWater on 01952 204 102 and check.

It’s vital to know, as you won’t have cover for external metal theft if your kit isn’t registered.

Metal theft - how at risk are you?

We’ve produced an easy to use self assessment tool to help you assess the risk of metal theft for your church.

Theft of metal documents

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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.