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Congregational launches Church Alert to combat rise in lead theft

Church buildings throughout the UK could be under threat of lead theft unless drastic action is taken, a national church insurer warned on Monday, as it launched its new Church Alert service.

Congregational & General Insurance, which has seen claims related to church lead theft rise 86 per cent in the past year alone, has launched the dedicated campaign in consultation with Crimestoppers to ensure churches across the UK are doing all they can to protect against this growing threat.

With lead prices rising sharply due to fierce demand from emerging economies such as China, the insurer has witnessed some claims approaching £100,000, as churches often find themselves the victims of consequential damage and loss following theft of raw materials from roofs, guttering and other structural areas.

Full story at Christian Today.

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