15 November 2018
Every year, one in four churches suffer from theft, vandalism or arson. Insurance provides monetary compensation, but can't compensate for the loss of a church's history.
Simple security tips
- Lock church after dark
Unless there is a service or someone present.
- Keep keys safe
With an official or in a secure place away from the church. Maintain a current list of keyholders.
- Protect high-value items
Chain items to the floor or wall or replace items with cheaper alternatives when services are not taking place.
- Lock away valuables/money
Keep money, silver, brass and pewter items in a safe or in a secure area such as the church officer's home.
- Keep and monitor all receipts for deposits
Investigate any discrepancies immediately.
- Divide responsibility for money
Appoint different officials for collecting, counting and banking. Ensure no one is left alone to count money. Counting should be carried out in a locked room. In order to reduce the amount of cash in the church suggest your parishioners make payments by direct debit.