The parish of St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church was dismayed to find that they had been robbed in the early morning hours recently. Two suspects broke into the church through a back door and pilfered funds from four donation boxes. The thieves got away with around $400 in cash. In the wake of the robbery, the community is understandably distressed. It is only in recent years that it has become the norm to lock churches when they aren't in use, mainly because of instances like the one described in this article. The parishioners are maintaining a charitable attitude while also hoping that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Churches and other houses of worship may feel conflicted about adding a strong security plan to their parish. They want to be perceived as safe spaces that are open to all, but in today's world there is also a need for them to protect themselves. Vandalism and theft of churches, temples, and synagogues are becoming more frequent, and many organizations are turning to professional security services for help. The addition of a uniformed guard or vehicle patrol, depending on the size of the church campus, can make a significant difference in thwarting crime.
If you are a pastor at a local church and would like to find out more about how you can protect your parish from a robbery such as this one, or another unwanted evented, we are here to help. The team at UAS are experienced professionals, from our executive team to all of our uniformed guards and patrols. We can help you to create a safe atmosphere while maintaining a welcoming spirit.
Contact UAS today to schedule your consultation to learn more about your security and safety options.