Suffolk communities are being urged to keep an eye on their local churches as surrounding counties suffer a rise in lead thefts.
Suffolk police say rural churches are often targeted due to their isolated locations, so they ask the public to report any suspicious activity they see, including large vehicles stopped nearby.
Chief Inspector Sarah Shrubshall said “We are asking local people to take an interest in their local church whilst they are out and about.
“If you take the dog out for a walk, or go for a stroll, don’t ignore anything that you think looks out of place - report anything you think may be suspicious to the police.
“Communities can act as our eyes and ears, and by pulling together to note suspicious activity, we can deter thieves from committing these damaging crimes.”
All churches are encouraged to consider installing lighting, CCTV and/or roof alarms.