When the Scrap Metal Dealers Act came in we all hoped that metal theft from churches would be stopped and for a time there was definitely a decrease but a recent report from the National Crime Agency shows that metal theft is now one of the fastest growing crimes, up by 25 per cent in a year. Kent is particularly vulnerable because of our closeness to the ports. Together with the Allchurches Trust we are offering churches grants of usually £3,000 towards the installation of roof alarms. However, our agreement with the Allchurches Trust is time limited so if you are thinking of installing an alarm please contact us soon. Full details on the Friends website.