Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship are prime targets for vandalism. They are sometimes unoccupied and sometimes at the center of controversies. In some cases, vandals are motivated by hate. In other cases they are simply motivated by mischief or boredom. What can parishioners and religious communities do to prevent church vandalism?
First and foremost, it is important to secure your valuables by taking simple steps. Close shades and curtains so that the interior of your building is hidden from view when your church is closed. Lock small valuables and cash in a safe. Lock larger valuables, such as televisions and other technology, in the rooms in which they are kept.
Secondly, consider investing in larger security items. Smaller churches may buy better exterior lighting that eliminates vandals’ ability to damage property under cover of darkness. Larger churches might consider security cameras that can deter vandals and catch perpetrators on tape. Even larger churches may wish to consider getting a nighttime security guard to stay on the property.
Thirdly, religious communities may wish to consider reaching out to the community for help. Local police may be happy to stop by your church property during their patrols. Also, your neighborhood may be willing to keep an eye on your property and report suspicious sightings to the police. Being active in your local community may also simply make possible vandals aware of the good work you do.
If your church or religious facility has been vandalized, you may wish to file an insurance claim. For legal advice and help, call the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730. We offer free, private consultations with experienced church insurance claim attorneys.