I think we need to be a bit clearer here - heritage crime is not an 'event' in the sense of EMA. It's not really part of the model at all.
We need to think of why are we recording it separately at all - in terms of the affect on the significance of the heritage asset, lead theft, for instance, is no different to repairs/rebuilding without recording. We wouldn't record the latter as an event (or would someone, arrgh) so recording heritage crime is a side issue of HER recording in that the HER is probably the best place to record it, but not a core recording activity, and only really needed for modern statistics.
And, who judges whether a crime has been committed? If it gets to court? Conviction? Given a crime number?
And to save for Friday pm - 'Was the rebuilding of Stonehenge in the early C20 a heritage crime'.
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Subject: Re: Logging heritage crime
That's a good question, and a perfect example of how the data standards for HERs need to evolve over time to reflect different recording priorities. As Crispin and Alice say, a heritage crime is an event, but its an example where the text of MIDAS should perhaps be updated to reflect this new need. One for the FISH list perhaps? As always the first question will be 'what do you want to be able to do with the data'? Is there anything specific in the Heritage Crime MOU that asks for, for example, some sort of reporting. If so are there categories which need to structure those reports? In other words, how can you help the police with their enquiries?
Details of the HE work on heritage crime are at
And if you want to spend a few minutes familiarising yourself with the work of police officers faced with heritage crime, there is the free online learning module, open to all to work through at
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