||<p>The Government recognises the distress and disruption that metal theft can cause,
not only to businesses but also local communities of which churches are an important
part.</p><p>The Home Office collects information from police forces on the number
of metal theft incidents. These data are published annually by the Office for National
Statistics and can be found in the ‘Property Crime tables’ here: <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/focusonpropertycrimeappendixtables"
data show whether or not the theft was infrastructure or non-infrastructure related.
Data are available for the year ending March 2013 to March 2018, however they are
not broken down to show how many incidents were related to theft of lead from church
roofs or the method or country of disposal for the metal stolen.</p>