There are many steps that church leaders can do to improve safety and security at their facilities. While I agree that it is God who protects us I also believe that God wants us to put some effort into protecting ourselves. In my opinion failing to take any action to protect a House of Worship [...]
Houses of Worship should have some form of pre-employment screening in place. Depending on the position, more or less screening may be required. For example, those positions entrusted with protecting children and fiduciary responsibility would require more thorough screening. Basic screening should entail prior employment verification and a thorough interview. Driving positions should at [...]
Security: Design strategies and products by Carolyn Heinze Added July 26, 2012 As published in Worship Facilities, Jul/Aug 2012 When we think of church, we think of security—not of the guards-and-watch-dog variety, but of something a lot more intangible. We worship because we want to grow: our minds, our spirits, our lives, in [...]
Conducting a security risk analysis utilizing an experienced security consultant can prove invaluable for your organization. However, regardless if you use a paid consultant or locate one willing to help you at no cost, you will want to do your due diligence. Following are a few suggestions when selecting a security expert. Suggestions when selecting [...]
Church vehicles should not be assigned without taking the following steps. 1) Vehicle is covered by an active insurance policy. This policy should be reviewed to ensure that sufficient coverage has been assigned. 2) Vehicle is in good repair. An on-going vehicle maintenance log should be monitored to ensure that maintenance is conducted as required. [...]
This site was established January 5, 2011 to provide security information for leadership at Houses of Worship to help improve safety and security for all Houses of Worship around the world. There is no site or organization that tracks all crimes against all churches and there is also the fact that many crimes go unreported to avoid bad publicity. However, [...]
This topic is often debated among security practitioners. Many security practitioners think that all or most churches should have a security team who are licensed and trained to carry firearms to protect church members while they are worshiping.
Every organization has an obligation to protect employees and visitors while on their premises. To ensure that basic protection is met, a security program is necessary. A security program’s objectives are to deter, delay, detect, deny, respond to and recover from reasonably foreseeable loss events. These objectives are not met by simply installing a burglar alarm [...]
Church crimes can happen anywhere…since 1999, there have been 460 deadly force incidents within faith-based organizations, resulting in 196 deaths. Were these tragedies preventable? In most situations, YES!