Nothing's Going To Happen To Us At Church, Right? 

Here's some recent articles about crimes and emergency situations that occured at churches who thought nothing like that would ever happen to them.

There's always room for additional security measures

http://www.wlwt.com/article/thief-swipes-donation-box-from-norwood-church/8661325


A police car belonging to an off-duty officer on patrol at the church might have deterred the thugs

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20170203/watsonville-churchgoers-cars-belongings-stolen-during-services


This church has the right approach to keeping the kids safe in the nursery

http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/2017/02/10/clanton-first-assembly-of-god-adds-security-to-nurseries/


This church was robbed four times in one week!

http://www.wpbf.com/article/local-church-robbed-4-times-in-a-week/8702519


All church treasurers are trustworthy, right?

http://fox17.com/news/local/tbi-clarksville-church-treasurer-steals-nearly-500k-from-church


After three robberies, you'd think this church would have learned

http://www.cbs46.com/story/34543411/thieves-steal-equipment-from-church-worth-thousands


Catholic churches realize a need for church security

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/01/05/portlands-catholic-diocese-to-train-clergy-to-deal-with-gun-attacks/


All Churches should be concerned about violence in the church

https://santaclaritafree.com/gazette/news/threat-church-violence-triggers-concern


Churches that lock doors are shrewd, not rude

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/28/experts-talk-tips-safety-morris-county-schools-churches-sandy-hook-elementary-school/98187530/


This church was robbed before they had even been able to move into their new facility

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/local/4227401-18k-worth-equipment-taken-new-fulton-church-group-says


I'm afraid this is just the tip of the iceberg

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/03/local-jewish-centers-increase-security-after-national-wave-of-bomb-threats


Good for this church, too!

http://ksn.com/2017/03/03/local-churches-train-to-combat-violence-in-places-of-worship/

Good for this church!

http://www.wfmj.com/story/34661083/valley-churches-learning-how-to-stop-intruders


This is why Good Shepherd Security Consulting recommends having security monitors in the sanctuary to watch for any suspicious activity

http://www.macclesfield-express.co.uk/news/thief-raided-church-after-posing-12745382


Good Shepherd Security Consulting could help this church in the United Kingdom

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/thousands-of-pounds-of-equipment-stolen-from-church/story-30212946-detail/story.html


Here's one way to make sure the church and congregation are safe and secure

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-may-allow-church-form-own-police-force-n735811


Here in the U.S. with our separation of church and state, it looks like it's going to be up to the churches to keep themselves safe

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/03/29/funding-security-vs-keeping-church-state-separate-nj/


This isn't a separation of church and state, but the churches in China should be glad the government is concerned about their safety

http://mashable.com/2017/04/03/china-surveillance-cameras-christians/#9icjZZKnwiqt


Catholic or Protestant, all churches need to keep their offerings safe and secure

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/secured-collection-systems-protect-parish-funds-integrity-against-theft


Yes, God does protect, but God gave us minds and skills that will help us protect ourselves in a lot of situations, and He expects us to use those gifts to keep churches safe and able to do their good work

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2016/feb/06/safety-sanctuaryteaching-churches-how-handle/348515/


There's other things this church can do to keep their congregation safe besides just hiring security guards

http://www.kmov.com/news/crime/Metro-East-church-robbed-while-in-use-292742371.html


11 out of these top 15 concerns in children's' ministries have to do with the security and safety of the children

http://www.christianpost.com/news/15-concerns-in-childrens-ministries-134252/


If churches are going to help the homeless and others in need in their area, they need to take the proper security and safety measures.  Like it or not, they are liable.

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/orlando-commissioner-suggests-church-be-responsibl/nkBH5/


Thank goodness the Pastor realizes that there needs to be a balance between maintaining a welcome atmosphere and keeping the church and its people safe

http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/vandals-cause-damage-to-valley-center-church/31163512


Contact us today and we can get your church as safe and secure as First Baptist Church of Gainesville

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/199/article/107706/


I wish more churches felt this way

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/d/story/safety-at-church-preparing-congregation-for-violen/24988/5A6Wx-tsYESx76p1FN8xBg


Once again, church members think "nothing like that is going to happen here, especially during a church service"

http://www.wxii12.com/news/thieves-hit-surry-co-church-during-worship-service/30385810


Is your church ready to handle protestors or terrorists?

http://www.charismanews.com/culture/46385-security-alert-churches-are-target-for-attack


Another pastor shot and killed

http://www.bpnews.net/43873/fla-pastor-fatally-shot-two-others-killed


I disagree - churches don't have to become like prisons in order to be safe 

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/it-is-a-shame-churches-have-got-to-become-like-prisons-1-6949427


This could have been prevented, too

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/27337444/sheriff-cars-broken-into-during-church-service


This could have been prevented

http://www.wlky.com/news/thieves-cause-nearly-300k-in-damage-to-valley-station-church/28000556


Even churches in Great Britain are taking security measures to stay safe

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/wish-campaign-2013-church-looks-6038182

 

Cameras are a good start, but this church needs other plans and procedures in place

http://www.wlox.com/story/23313692/churches-recover-from-last-weeks-break-in

 

Even if your church isn't in Tornado Alley, you still need to plan and be prepared

http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x250202824/Churches-look-toward-new-program-for-tornado-safety-and-plan-development

 

God's not the only one watching you

http://www.contracostatimes.com/east-county-times/ci_23984675/god-they-trust-but-cameras-cant-hurt

 

So local churches, you think something is never going to happen at your church here in Louisville?

http://www.wave3.com/story/23059921/man-arrested-after-disrupting-church-service

 

Using an innocent child to steal a preacher's wallet from the church

http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Lou-mom-has-daughter-steal-wallets-at-local-churches-216754991.html

 

This is the reason that background checks are needed for staff and volunteers at churches

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121213/NEWS01/312130088/Pastor-New-Albany-church-faces-sodomy-charges

 

Church shootings cause pastors to reevaluate security

 http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2012/11/pastors-reevaluate-security-after-church-shootings.html

 

Abilene congregations realize the need for security; deacons and others are urged to simply "be aware"

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/aug/11/abilene-congregations-aware-of-need-to-provide/

 

Six worshippers dead, two other critically injured in shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple

http://www.necn.com/08/06/12/FBI-probes-motive-in-Sikh-temple-shootin/landing_nation.html?blockID=752017&feedID=4207

 

There are simple things churches can do to become safer and more secure

http://www.examiner.com/article/in-the-wake-of-the-sikh-temple-shooting

 

Churches "have to be ready"

http://www.kjct8.com/news/A-safe-place-to-worship/-/163152/15991524/-/r7fphk/-/index.html

 

Churches must take precautions to protect children regardless

http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Church-allows-homeless-to-shower-during-preschool-program-164756816.html

 

Churches should make sure their insurance policies offer enough coverage if the church has to be rebuilt after a disaster

http://enewscourier.com/x328560941/Church-leveled-twice-by-twisters-is-rebuilt

 

Another reason why churches need to screen workers and conduct background checks on volunteers

http://www.inquisitr.com/291255/florida-puppeteer-accused-of-plot-to-cook-and-eat-kids-refuses-bail-hearing/

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-07-31/news/32966348_1_church-puppeteer-michael-arnett-federal-agents

 

Churches can learn from the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky scandal by protecting children

http://www.christianpost.com/news/sandusky-sexual-abuse-and-security-in-your-church-learn-from-joe-paternos-tragic-mistake-78166/

 

Cars broken into during church services maybe wouldn't have happened if the churches had a monitor or security team member in the parking lots

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120710/PC16/120719976

 

A man who was helping a Tennessee church renovate a building also helped himself in a copper theft scam

http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Man-accused-of-scamming-church-to-steal-copper-172374101.html

 

FBI and DHS warned faith-based organizations in the United States and U.S. embassies abroad that the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as an anti-Islam film continues to gain attention

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20120914-dhs-fbi-warn-of-the-risk-of-violence-in-wake-of-movie-controversy-movie-producer-s-identity-revealed

 

The times have changed, and churches need to change, also

http://www2.oanow.com/news/2012/jul/26/mccord-tale-churches-property-and-regulations-ar-4207107/

 

Churches need to prepare for tragedies

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38337

 

Ushers tackle a would-be purse snatcher during communion

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/09/10/ushers-stop-purse-snatching-in-pittsburgh-church/?cmpid=prn_aol&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D203371

 

Two men shot, two killed, in a shooting at a homeowners' association meeting held in a church

http://www.wlky.com/news/local-news/louisville-news/Records-show-church-shooting-suspect-had-conflict-with-HOA/-/9718340/16516546/-/lo2xse/-/index.html

 

Thieves steal almost $50,000 from the offering at  Orlando, Florida's biggest church

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/thieves-steal-thousands-first-baptist-orlando/nP2W4/

 

Churches try to stop child sexual abuse

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/churches-work-to-halt-child-sex-abuse/nQXKt/

 

Virgina church vows to step up security after being vandalized

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/07/prince-william-church-cleans-up-after-crime-moves-on--77846.html

 

Church in San Jose has $25,000 worth of musical instruments stolen; they said they relied heavily on trust and not on security

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_21015696/musical-instruments-worth-25k-pilfered-from-san-jose

 

If these churches had security monitors in their buildings, maybe this wouldn't have happened

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/18888904/several-churches-vandalized-as-parishioners-worshipped-inside

 

Churches in Nigeria are responding to keep their members safe and secure amid all of the violence

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=325075

 

Opryland Hotel makes sure everyone is safe and secure at AME convention

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18888329/opryland-preps-for-first-conference-since-explosion

 

Historic Santa Fe church hit twice in one week

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/thief-steals-from-church-donation-box

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-santa-fe-church-theft-20120619,0,3452661.story

 

Insurance company drops church after repeated copper thefts

http://www.wsfa.com/story/18812380/insurance-company-drops-church-after-repeated-copper-theft

 

Of course this church hasn't worried about security, until now when they were burglarized

 http://www.frontiersman.com/news/bogard-church-burglarized/article_e7cc6910-b831-11e1-a44a-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Yet another example of why churches, temples and synagogues should prepare and plan, and have a security and safety commiittee

http://www.wave3.com/story/19199437/report-shooting-at-religious-temple-four-dead

 

A Colorado church is proactive and preparing for emergencies by implementing a fire plan

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/features/religion/church-develops-fire-plan-1144673

More than 40 southern Indiana churches have been burglarized in recent weeks

http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Church_break_ins_close_to_home_1339134744

 

Internet surfers are more likely to get a computer virus from a church website than they are from porn sites

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2012/05/malware_and_computer_viruses_they_ve_left_porn_sites_for_religious_sites_.html

 

Serial break-ins at Hutchinson, Kansas churches

http://www.kake.com/news/headlines/Burglars_Continue_Targeting_Hutchinson_Churches_150709125.html?ref=125

 

Yet ANOTHER church is hit multiple times before they realize they need to do something to deter the crime

http://wtvr.com/2012/05/07/vandals-hit-church-for-third-time/

 

Pastors realize they need training to handle church violence

http://www.fox16.com/news/story/Pastors-training-to-combat-church-violence/wiCyKCkWK0WwzjPpmt72pw.cspx

http://daltondailycitizen.com/local/x474413625/Guns-at-church

 

Churches can't put a price on peace of mind

http://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3494100

 

Church websites - even the Vatican's - can get hacked as easily as any website

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/religion/faith-and-values/sfl-fv-religion-blog-anonymous-hackers,0,3722815.story

 

Churches are finally realizing they are not immune to crime

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/30/churches-reportedly-burglarized-in-denver-are-latest-in-rash-church-break-ins/

 

Two thugs invade a church's preschool building

 http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/Police-investigate-church-preschool-break-in/-/9153728/13392178/-/11rr974z/-/

 

Pair of thieves caught thanks to security cameras in the church

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/18571954/two-arrested-in-henry-county-church-break-in

 

Maryland church installs cameras and a security system after repeated vandalism - better late than never

http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/homepage_showcase/more-vandalism-at-a-middle-river-church

 

4 cars set on fire in a Georgia church parking lot

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/4-cars-set-fire-outside-dunwoody-church/nPpmY/

 

Burglars hit churches in over 40 Indiana communities

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120606/NEWS/120609777/-1/LIVING

 

A homeless woman confesses to shooting and killing a pastor

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47492792/ns/local_news-indianapolis_in/

 

A pastor was shot and killed during a church service

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/850689662.html

 

A pastor's mother was shot and killed during a church service

http://www.9news.com/news/article/264669/339/Pastors-mother-killed-in-church-shooting

 

A pastor was shot and killed outside of a home he was visiting

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/pastor_from_newark_shot_and_ki.html

 

This woman didn't think her phone and $400 in cash would be stolen from her purse while she was in the worship service on Mother's Day

http://www.wlky.com/news/local-news/louisville-news/Police-2-arrested-after-stealing-from-purses-during-church-service-on-Mother-s-Day/-/9718340/13383118/-/u58hlz/-/index.html

 

Churches are wanting to know more about security

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120326/articles/120329724

 

A man with a shotgun enters the church and is disarmed by members of the congregation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/25/south-caroline-church-ser_n_1378752.html

 

A church choir was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of their choir practice

http://www.wlox.com/story/17133535/church-making-changes-after-being-robbed-at-gunpoint

 

Man accused of shooting his wife first and then two pastors at a church

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/19/sheriff-2-shot-wounded-by-gunman-at-florida-church/?test=latestnews

 

Man accused of stealing money from a church after allegedly burglarizing the pastor's home

http://www.wlky.com/news/28764267/detail.html

 

The FBI anticipates terrorist attacks on soft targets, and that includes churches

http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=355

 

Four crimes against one church in less than a year

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/242602/3/Four-Crimes-Against-Church-In-Less-Than-A-Year

 

Update - make that FIVE crimes against one church in less a year

http://www.walb.com/story/17140584/albany-church

 

Crimes against churches are on the rise

http://times-georgian.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Crimes+against+churches+have+increased%20&id=11376857

 

Crimes against churches are up 44 percent

http://www.adventistreview.org/article/4182/archives/issue-2011-1505/05rns-report-chruch-crime-up-44-percent

 

Many churches don't think they're at risk for crime

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/February/Report-Crimes-against-US-Churches-on-Rise/

 

Sheriff helps churches with crime prevention

http://www.ramonasentinel.com/2012/02/16/sheriff-targets-church-crime/

 

Three break-ins in one week at a St. Louis church

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/316848/3/Church-burglarized-three-times-in-one-week

 

Man wearing a disguise steals purses in a Ft. Worth church

htthttp://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird/Man-in-Wig-Sunglasses-Tries-to-Steal-Purses-at-Church-148625145.html

http://blogs.star-telegram.com/crime_time/2012/04/woman-forgets-thou-shall-not-steal-commandment.html

 

Serial break-ins in Denver churches

http://www.denverpost.com/nationalpolitics/ci_20469817/longmont-churches-targeted-burglaries

 

Break-ins at Roanoke churches

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/307939

 

 Yet another church that has been burglarized multiple times

http://raleigh-frayser.wmctv.com/news/news/73409-frayser-church-burglarized-three-times-one-month

 

Four churches in the same area in Pennsylvania are burglarized within one week

http://wnep.com/2012/04/25/three-more-church-burglaries-in-central-pa/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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