Taking a proactive approach to managing unoccupied churches can help preserve these buildings for future use.
Methodist Churches continue to suffer metal thefts but these security measures can help to protect churches and combat crime.
Scrap values make certain metals an attractive target for thieves. At present desirable metals include lead and copper and aluminium and roof coverings, roof flashings, copper lightning conductors and lead rainwater pipes have all been targeted. Beyond the replacement of the metal itself, criminals often cause damage to other parts of the roof causing leaks and other issues.
The level of risk a church can face varies and we recommend taking precautions seriously.
The presence of scaffolding on any building can seriously compromise general security. Insurance policies will normally exclude theft of external metal (usually from roofs) when scaffolding is erected.
Using a Methodist Insurance approved forensic property marker, such as SmartWater, is a condition of your Church Shield insurance cover. You must:
Encourage neighbours, employees and volunteers to keep watch for any suspicious activity around the church. Anything noticed should be reported to the police immediately.
Depending on your individual circumstances, we may be able to increase your theft of metal cover. You will need to:
You can call us on 0345 606 1331 for more information.
Some high-risk churches with significant amounts of lead roofing have installed roof alarms to help protect external metal. Alarms can be virtually invisible and large roof areas can be protected cost-effectively.