No report of church lead thefts in two years for Rutland

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A police scheme which was launched to tackle lead thefts from churches in Rutland is celebrating two years without a single incident.

Church Watch was launched in November 2011 by PC Paul Le Pla in response to an increase in lead thefts from churches in the county.

The project encouraged everyone who lives close to a church to look out for suspicious behaviour and report it to the police. Officers also visited every church in the county to carry out a risk assessment and give crime prevention advice.

PC Le Pla said; “Church Watch has been in existence for two years and I am delighted that we haven’t had any lead thefts from church roofs in Rutland during that time. I believe this is due in part to the vigilance of people living and working around our places of worship who are playing a more active role in protecting their community.

“Officers are still committed to this initiative and we will continue to pro-actively patrol around our churches, target offenders and seek to increase crime prevention awareness in the community. I would encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant.”