Improving Security with Video Surveillance
By: Jake Lahmann
Churches today are no longer sacred but instead are easy targets for property theft, false allegations, and violence. As both an active church member and a former police officer, I've had the unfortunate task of tackling the results of crime against houses of worship, either to make a report and/or aid the church in preventing a crime from recurring. In every single instance, the identity of the perpetrator was unknown, eliminating hopes that property would be recovered, damages repaid, or charges lodged.
Had the small investment of video security been made, the odds of capturing the suspect would have shifted and likely, prevented the crimes in the first place. These are crimes that can be stopped! Although this is only one component of the entire security plan for a church, it is one of the most critical elements to getting started.
Here are some areas of recommendation based on my experiences:
2. Money Collection
3. Personal Security
4. Parking Lots
5. Media Equipment – Building Security
6. Personal Property
7. Convenience and Dual Benefit
Many video security systems are also able to deliver audio along with the video and can be dual purposed. For instance, volunteers staffing the nursery can use the system so that they can still take part in the worship service.
Today's video security systems are far more affordable than most people think. Contrary to popular belief, security systems are easy to install and most congregations likely have a handyman in their membership that will be glad to install a system to get their church protected. Congregations should feel safe and at home in their place of worship. Any church security plan will benefit when implementing a video security system to extend its capabilities.
According to the "Crimes against Christian Organizations in the United States – 2010" report compiled by The Christian Security Network, many crimes against churches increased from 2009 to 2010: "Among the crimes that saw a sharp increase were burglary, theft and internal theft, which combined costs churches nearly $20 million in damage."
So, what's stopping you?
Jake Lahmann is former Federal police officer and is now the vice president of technology for Supercircuits Inc., an Austin, Texas, based provider of commercial and government surveillance equipment.
Supercircuits is a leading manufacturer and distributor of video and audio surveillance equipment, having served more than two hundred thousand customers in North America. As the industry's trusted source in video surveillance, Supercircuits offers the latest technology in security solutions – including IP video surveillance, closed circuit television, digital video recorders, and integrated systems. Additionally, Supercircuits has the largest selection of covert surveillance equipment available in North America. Complementing an extensive line of high quality products, Supercircuits offers industry-leading warranties and exceptional service that sets them apart from competitors.