This week we have been discussing different ways that religious communities can help prevent church vandalism. While some of the prevention tips are obvious (such as installing security cameras and alarm systems) others are more subtle. For example, one of the best ways to prevent church property damage caused by vandals and burglars is to get involved with the local community. How does community outreach help prevent vandalism?
- It gives you a great reputation in the neighborhood. Reaching out to the immediate community through charity and youth activities are what most religious centers already do. But community outreach is also a great way to make the wider community aware of what you are all about. If the local population values your work, residents are less likely to impede it.
- It gets extra eyes watching your property. If you are friendly with your neighbors, whether they are businesses or local residents, they are more likely to be watchful of your religious buildings and report trespassers and vandals.
- It helps establish rapport with the police. A few calls to the local authorities can result in some free security. Often, police departments and sheriff’s departments can add your church to their regular patrols. You can even ask them to check in on specific times, such as at night or on holidays.
- It increases participation in neighborhood watch programs. If there isn’t already a neighborhood watch in your area, consider starting one. These local groups help observe activity on your property and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.
Even if you take all of these steps, church vandalism sometimes still happens. To learn more about how to file a church vandalism claim, contact the church insurance claim attorneys at the Voss Law Firm today: 888-614-7730.