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How you can help protect your local heritage sites

24 Jun 2021
  • There are more than 100 Grade One Listed building in Hertfordshire.

  • Sadly they can be a target for thieves.

  • Members of the public are being urged to help police protect these important sites.

Did you know there are more than a hundred Grade 1 Listed buildings in Hertfordshire, with 41 in East Herts alone?

These buildings are of great national importance and value, and it is vital we protect them.

You are able to find your local heritage sites on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), which also identifies scheduled ancient monuments alongside the locations of all listed premises.

Sadly, these buildings are vulnerable to heritage-based crime, such as anti-social behaviour and theft of materials and valuables.

The price of lead and copper has risen over the past few years, meaning that heritage buildings are often targeted for thefts of these metals. In order to prevent these crimes, and catch those responsible, police need your help.

You can help just by educating yourself around the location of your local heritage sites and keeping a closer eye on them whilst going about your daily business.

You can also sign up to Heritage Watch. This would enable you to be kept up to date with any police activity regarding your local heritage sites. If you would like to sign up, please email PC Amy Griggs with your name and expression to get involved.

If you have any suggestions, or comments in relation to heritage-based crime, you can let us know via our anonymous community voice feedback platform ‘echo’. We would love to hear what you think we could be doing and how you believe communities can help to protect these sites. Let us know your views.

If you believe you have witnessed suspicious activity around a heritage site or have information about a crime, please call the non-emergency number 101 or report online. If you see a crime in progress, please dial 999 straight away.

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