The Heritage and Cultural Property Crime: National Strategic Assessment 2017 is now available online.
The key threats to heritage in England and Wales are perceived as:
- Architectural theft – in particular metal and stone
- Criminal damage – in particular damage caused by fire (‘arson’)
- Unlawful metal detecting (‘nighthawking’)
- Unlawful disturbance and salvage of maritime sites
- Anti-social behaviour – in particular fly-tipping and off-road driving
- Unauthorised works to heritage assets
- Illicit trade in cultural objects
Some of these issues (e.g. lead theft from churches, so-called nighthawking, metal-detecting and the code of practice, off-road driving, and the illicit trade in cultural objects) have been covered by LM (and its sister blog, Heritage Futures) over a long period of time.