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How to Design an Effective Security Strategy

According to a report by the FBI, 6,121 hate crimes were reported in 2016, 21% of which were directed against people or institutions due to their religion. That’s more than 1,200 religious hate crimes. FBI statistics also show that religious hate crimes seem to be on the rise; in the first 4 months of 2017,

Operating a Church Security Ministry

By Dwayne Harris “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” — Acts 20:28 Is church security an option or a mandate? Many pastors are fully aware of the various threats and

8 Tips to Secure Your Church Daycare

By Jason Maddox There are many cost-effective ways to secure your church daycare or preschool facility. In this article, we share eight best practices for church daycare security using a combination of policies, procedures and technology to protect the children and employees in your care. 1. Develop Policies & Procedures Manual If you don’t already

IP Video Cameras in Houses of Worship

By Greg Hartzell For decades, a house of worship was a sacred place that could leave its doors open both day and night. Crime would be left at its doorsteps. But times have changed, and so have the criminal mentality towards churches, synagogues and mosques. All around the nation, the faithful are finding criminals unfazed

Our Savior Lutheran Paints Its Walls with Video After Thanksgiving Arson Attack

When Our Savior Lutheran Church (OSLC) in Tacoma, Washington, experienced an arson attack shortly after Thanksgiving of last year, the fire and smoke damage was extensive enough to have destroyed its entire AVL setup along with the building. With the help of Todd Gathany and the rest of the team at CCI Solutions, Our Savior

How to Improve Your Video Security System in Three Simple Steps

By Michael Bailey Security cameras seem to be everywhere. If your church already has a system in place, chances are you already have a list of improvements you’d like to see: additional views of vulnerable points, better picture quality you’re seeing vs. the images now available, or disappointment in the ease of use of your

Video Security Systems: DIY with Your Own Membership

By Michael Bailey Places of worship find themselves today at the center of a perfect storm, a collision of seemingly unstoppable forces. Growing security challenges, tightening financial resources and revolutionary technologies are converging. The rising threat to the safety and well-being of our congregants, staff and facilities is all over the news. Tithes, gifts and

Using Video Surveillance Systems

  This article originally appeared in the March 2008 issue. By Linda Richardson Linda Richardson is the director of product marketing at Video Insight, www.video-insight.com.   It seems that every place you go these days, there are surveillance cameras: cameras in stores, cameras in schools, cameras in malls and office buildings. Like it or not, surveillance
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