Church metal theft
Theft of metal from churches is both costly and damaging. We’ve created a guide to help reduce the risk of metal theft at your church.
To help you get the best experience from your SmartWater, we have produced a number of FAQs.
DeterTech UK Limited provides the SmartWater product for Ecclesiastical Church policyholders.
Theft of metal is an ongoing challenge for churches, but there are steps you can take to help protect your church. As such, we require all churches to apply a forensic marking system, such as SmartWater, to external metal to benefit from theft of metal cover. SmartWater has been successful in both helping deter thieves and tracing stolen goods. To support churches Ecclesiastical pays the annual SmartWater registration fee for all its customers.
Your church policy provides cover for metal theft, and subsequent damage, as long as you have taken the following steps:
You may also be able to benefit from increased cover if you install a roof alarm.
Please be aware – if you do not comply with these requirements your church will not be covered for theft of metal. Please let us know if there is any reason why your church isn’t able to meet the requirements and we will try to assist you.
Unless expressly stated otherwise, your church will be entered onto SmartWater’s database prior to your goods being shipped. As a result, there is no need to return any documentation after the application of the fluid has been completed.
It is a policy condition for your SmartWater pack to be registered, and failure to do so may invalidate your policy. However, unless expressly stated otherwise, we will have already done this on your behalf. If you are unsure if your pack is registered you can check by calling SmartWater on 01952 204102.
A series of ‘specially adapted’ SmartWater church packs are available directly from Detertech UK Limited, at a reduced price for Ecclesiastical policyholders.
You can place an order by calling the Church ordering team on 01952 204 102 (Monday to Thursday - 9am to 5.30pm and Friday - 9am to 5pm) or email email@example.com. Prior to any call, please make sure you have your buildings insurance policy number to hand.
No, the annual SmartWater licence fee is paid for you by Ecclesiastical.
If you choose to leave Ecclesiastical, you will need to contact SmartWater to take over the payment of your annual SmartWater licence. If Smartwater has been applied at your church premises it's likely that Ecclesiastical has paid your registration fee.
Your SmartWater registration will cease from the date your policy cover is cancelled. Once your registration has expired, any SmartWater warning signs that are placed around the church premises should be removed. If your PCC want to reinstate SmartWater registration, please contact them directly on 01952 204 102 (a fee may apply).
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.
Areas of the church that are easily visible are also good but areas of poor visibility, such as the inside of a porch, should be avoided. Perimeter fencing and gates permitting entry to the church are also ideal locations for displaying signage, deterring would-be thieves before they gain entry to the site.
A limited number of free SmartWater warning signs and stickers are available from Ecclesiastical customer services on 0345 777 3322.