Local groups met last week at Hedingham Castle to launch a new police initiative aimed at protecting the past.
Heritage Watch, an Essex Police led partnership, will work with agencies including Historic England, the Police and Crime Commissioners Office and the National Trust to protect local heritage sites, and is looking for more history enthusiasts to join.
The watch group will look to exchange information and put in practice crime prevention advice in order to prevent heritage crime.
This can range from the theft of historical artefacts to unauthorised building work on listed buildings.
Stephen Armson-Smith, who has co-ordinated Heritage Watch, said: “We hope to maintain and preserve important places of interest to prevent any crime that may damage assets beyond recovery, which may lead to the loss of a piece of history and may deprive future generations.
“We urge all residents who have a love of history and enjoy exploring Essex’s heritage to join us.”
If you are interested in joining Heritage Watch, please contact Essex Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer.