Heritage assets are sites which are considered to have value to our heritage. They include:

  • listed buildings
  • scheduled monuments
  • world Heritage Sites
  • protected marine wreck sites
  • conservation areas
  • registered parks and gardens
  • registered battlefields
  • protected military remains of aircraft and vessels of historic interest
  • undesignated but acknowledged historic buildings and sites

Some heritage assets are protected by specific legislation.

Others may not be designated but are familiar features of our towns, villages and countryside much valued by local people; for example, metal railings and signs, village pumps, drinking troughs, and bollards.

All can be vulnerable to heritage crime and anti-social behaviour such as:

  • theft of lead and other metals from churches and other historic buildings
  • architectural theft
  • illegal metal detecting
  • failure or delay in reporting finds of potential Treasure
  • unlawful alteration and damage to listed buildings
  • unlawful demolition of buildings and structures in Conservation Areas
  • damage to Scheduled Monuments
  • graffiti
  • damage by vehicles
  • trade in illicit cultural property

Dorset Country Watch

Is a collective of partners working together to tackle rural crime in Dorset.
The Country Watch website will work as a resource to help rural residents find proactive advice, support if they are a victim of crime, information on reporting crimes, and find out how to volunteer.

Work and activities to fight rural crime, by the members of the Dorset Partnership Against Rural Crime. Visit the country watch website by following this link>>>


Other crimes such as theft, criminal damage, arson and anti-social behaviour can also affect heritage assets.

Useful links