Help secure your place of worship against theft and vandalism
Places of worship matter - despite the ecclesiastic community lobbying the police, parliament and scrap metal dealers to bring in tighter legislation – metal theft continues to the point of being classed as ‘organised crime’. Metal theft hits 10 churches a day*. Once targeted, there’s a 1 in 3 chance** of being targeted again.
At ADT, we understand the issues you are forced to deal with on a daily basis due to the increase in metal theft. That’s why we have created a security tips guide for your reference. The guide offers ways in which you can gain more peace of mind and confidence when keeping your church open during daylight hours, as well as how to help secure the house of worship and it’s grounds when closed to the public.
Your Guide to Staying Secure
- Brief parish members on site to spot suspicious behaviour onsite and give details of the best course of action for them to follow
- Ask neighbours or regular visitors to report any unusual behaviour to the police or parish warden
- Build relationships with community police officers and other local crime prevention groups for maximum support
- always report incidents, no matter how minor they may seem
- Maintain contact with other houses of worship in your local area to be aware of recent problems that may cause you to be extra cautious
- Install entry protecting alarms to detect the breaking of windows and opening of doors – if the worst happens your system can alert you and the emergency services
- Use several security methods – don’t rely on one solution
- Only use security companies with National Security Inspectorate or British Security Industry Association accreditations
- Use signage to highlight that the premises is fitted with physical security protection
- Mark high value assets and create a corresponding inventory in case of theft
- Consider applying anti-climb paint to downpipes etc, less than 8ft from the ground
- Light all exterior points of entry and areas at risk with fixtures that are difficult to reach or tamper with
- Make sure that plants and shrubbery are kept well maintained and trimmed to a low point (1m) to the ground to reduce the potential hiding places for intruders – you may want to consider swapping these for holly or hawthorn bushes that are difficult to penetrate
- Ensure that the premises are well maintained to reduce the potential for attack – be extra vigilant for broken locks (which should conform to BS 3621 specification or higher), gaps in doors and exposed wires
- Keep small valuable items locked away in secure storage when they don’t need to be used
- Consider protecting stained glass windows with polycarbonate sheeting
- Discrete anchoring of larger items can act as a visible and physical deterrent
- Keep external doors locked overnight with a good quality mortice deadlock with at least 5 levers, complying with BS 3621
- Don’t leave equipment or moveable items lying around that could be used to make climbing and gaining access easy
Whether your place of worship serves a small community in a rural area or a large congregation in an urban city with more complex requirements, ADT has a range of security solutions to meet your needs.
From CCTV and monitored intruder alarms, to access control and fire detection systems to help protect against arson, ADT can offer you a FREE, no obligation fire and security survey to review your requirements and tailor your system to your exact requirements.
Source: * www.churchnewspaper.com