Crime prevention tips to detect, deter crime
    April 22 2010 by Raleigh Police Department

    A break-in at a Raleigh church in January forced the church to take stronger measures to secure its facility. As a result of that story about Korean First Baptist Church in Raleigh, Raleigh Police shared these tips for churches:  
    • Install adequate exterior lighting.
    • Encourage removal of visual obstructions.
    • Control landscape to eliminate hiding spots.
    • Conduct a walk-through at the conclusion of all events to ensure windows and doors are locked; restrooms and closets do not have persons hiding in them awaiting everyone to leave the church premises.
    • Fence off problem areas and keep doors locked when services or events are not being held in building or grounds.
    • Use quality commercial dead bolt locks on exterior doors using mechanical or electrical locks.
    • Limit the number of keys issued and duplicates to members. Limit access to facility, designate that only church staff may unlock/lock facility.
    • Secure valuable equipment such as sound system, musical equipment behind dead bolted, solid core doors. Limit access to these areas to the appropriate people.
    • Create an inventory of property and engrave the church name and identification number on each item.  This makes it easier to identify and recover if stolen.
    • Reduce number of entrances/exits and control access from fire/emergency exits.
    • Have members at or in area as often as possible to reduce number of trespassers.
    • Make it known in the area that the building is being watched 24/7.
    • Always deposit offering into local bank the same day it is collected. Do not hold in church office to be deposited on a future day.
    • Avoid printing offering totals in church bulletins/newsletters for anyone and everyone to read. 
    If an incident has occurred:
    • Don’t let a one-time incident occur without addressing the issue.
    • Train individuals in crime reporting.

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    4/22/2010 11:48:00 AM by Raleigh Police Department | with 0 comments

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