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, if you want to get an idea of the various crimes occurring daily against churches large and small located in both rural and urban areas, just sign up for Google alerts under various topic headings, such as, church crime, church shooting, church security, etc. and set back and review the numerous responses you will receive and keep in mind that these represent only a small per cent of all the crimes that occur. You can also have this information sent to you daily at no cost by subscribing to Congregational Security News which collects information worldwide on church crimes.
As it relates to safety and security, the author of this site thanks God for blessing our country and for allowing us to maintain the best team of men and women in our Military, CIA, FBI, NSA and our law enforcement agencies to protect our nation and world from terrorist activity.
While there are Houses of Worship with complex security challenges requiring on-site assistance from a qualified security practitioner, having a basic understanding of the Security Risk Analysis Process will help in assessing threats, hazards and risk potential at your facility and with implementing cost effective security strategies to mitigate threats and vulnerability. This site is dedicated to help all Houses of Worship who cannot afford to pay a security consultant but would like to find information to help improve safety and security without any strings attached.
The author of this website has been a security practitioner for 40 years and holds all three ASIS International Board Certifications in security and currently serves as a Chapter Chair for ASIS. ASIS International is the world’s largest security organization dedicated to improving productivity and education for security professionals. Please visit ASIS website as they offer the best selection of books available on security topics. ASIS website has several no cost publications related to security for Houses of Worship which will be worth your time to download.
Prior to making security improvements such as alarms, CCTV, access control, or adding guards you should first obtain an understanding of what you are seeking to accomplish and then decide appropriate cost effective security measures. Achieving this objective can be accomplished by conducting a security risk analysis. There are too many sales people out there who want to spend your money with little consideration for your needs. One of the most cost effective security strategies is to improve security awareness within your congregation and this strategy costs very little.
Although the site owner is a security consultant, he does not charge for security consultations for Houses of Worship and maintains this site as a personal ministry in appreciation for all that God has done in his life and the life of his family. The term Houses of Worship is used simply because the site owner, although a Christian respects the religious beliefs of others and believes that Christ would have him share best security practices with all faiths in order to protect human life. The author has met Muslims working at military and civilian police agencies who face immense challenges in protecting their infrastructure against terrorist attacks. He considers it a blessing to have known and worked with these dedicated professionals and plans to post articles on this site that will benefit our international Houses of Worship.
If you are a security professional and would like to post an article that will help readers improve security and safety for Houses of Worship, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
In closing, please pray for this website that it will bring glory to God by sharing information to improve safety and security for many. Thank-you and God Bless!
Disclaimer: The articles contained on this website are written for general information purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be used as, a primary source for making security decisions. The owner of this website may not agree with all of the content contained within the enclosed articles and it is the responsibility of the end users and viewers to evaluate and seek out additional guidance as deemed appropriate for application by local leadership.