Heritage Crime

 Report a crime, telephone the police immediately on 999 if a crime is taking place which may be damaging a historic building or site. If damage has already been caused, please use 101 to advise us of this.

Heritage crime is "any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations".
Heritage assets are sites which are considered to have a value to the heritage of England and include:

  • Listed buildings
  • Scheduled monuments
  • World Heritage Sites
  • Protected marine wreck sites
  • Conservation areas
  • Registered parks and gardens
  • Registered battlefields
  • Protected military remains of aircraft and vessels of historic interest
  • Undesignated but acknowledged heritage buildings and sites

Some of these heritage assets are protected by specific criminal offences to prevent harm caused by damage and unlicensed alteration. However, other crimes such as theft, criminal damage, arson and anti social behaviour offences can also damage and harm heritage assets and interfere with the public's enjoyment and knowledge of heritage assets.