VANDALISM is on the rise at heritage attractions – and Warwickshire residents are urged to be vigilant.
Recent research, conducted by specialist heritage insurer Ecclesiastical, found that heritage organisations had been prime targets for vandals during the past 12 months.
Overall, nine in 10 heritage organisations in the UK have experienced crime during the past year.
A third were defaced by graffiti – a nine per cent rise on last year’s figures. Among this number was Kenilworth Castle.
And the same survey, of 500 heritage decision makers, also found a third had suffered anti-social behaviour during the past year – up three per cent.
As a result, Ecclesiastical is encouraging Warwickshire residents who live near heritage attractions to be vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious activity they notice.
Crime is a top concern for heritage attractions. Six in 10 are expecting an increase in crime over the next year, and seven in 10 are more concerned about crime than ever before.
Ecclesiastical Insurance spokesperson Faith Kitchen said: “As the UK’s leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings, we’re passionate about protecting Britain’s heritage. Our research shows heritage organisations are a prime target for criminals and it is concerning to see that graffiti and anti-social behaviour has increased.
“There are a number of measures heritage organisations can take to better secure property and assets. Vigilance from the local community can be a huge help. We urge those who live near heritage attractions to be vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious activity they notice.”