Lately there have been a string of break-ins at many churches in the country. It seems these days that churches have become immune to these happenings, and little has been put into place to ensure that future break-ins do not occur.
About four days ago I read an article posted on a local newspaper site regarding a church that had gone through this not only once, but twice. I couldn't believe what I was reading. As I read on, it described how the church had tried its best to pick itself back up, replace what was stolen..and move on. I thought about that article for quite some time, and I have really one question. How are other churches handling security? What are the most effective ways to protect those important investments? More importantly, how can integrators like myself help integrate proven security measures into our customers systems to help protect their investment?
I suppose it starts with a) making sure things are put away, and locked up when not in use, and b) making sure that this equipment is stowed in an area that is under lock and key and where limited people have access to. Sure you can bolt down your racks, or your mixing console. What other ways could there be to help?
I would like to request YOUR help. I would be glad to read your comments and suggestions, as I think this would help us all out in the long run. What have YOU found to be the most effective way to handle theft in your church or house of worship? I will run a second blog on this topic, and I hope to be able to post some helpful comments from you all. By sharing your ideas, we can help others who might be struggling to find the right solution.