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Heritage crime reported in Ely Diocese Church

Unknown offender(s) have stolen the silver from the church safe at St Mary Magdalene Church in Ickleton.

Items stolen include silver chalices, a silver flagon, silver and pewter plates, a silver box for holding communion wafers, and 18th century pewter plates.


Church Safe

  • All churches should be equipped with a safe which is securely fixed to the building.
  • Some older safes do not provide a good level of security and consideration should be given to upgrading your safe - this can be done without needing any consent from the Diocese. 
  • It is important that thieves cannot access the keys for the safe - therefore these should not be kept in the church, not even in a key-safe.  Most key safes are relatively easy to break into, unlike the safes themselves.  Keeping keys in a key safe simply makes it obvious where they are and how the thieves can get hold of them.


  • Installation of alarms and closed-circuit television cameras can now be undertaken with permission from your Archdeacon
  • Both of these technologies have become much cheaper in recent years, are often "wireless", and can be connected to the internet via a mobile phone sim card, meaning remote monitoring is possible. 
  • Before you undertake any works of this type, it would be beneficial to talk to your insurer, who may be able to put you in touch with their local representative who can offer further tailored advice to the needs of your church.

Further information on Security and Crime Prevention can be found on the Church of England webpages.

Page last updated: Tuesday 16th May 2023 9:34 AM
First published on: 10th May 2023
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