Tips for Protecting Church Donation Boxes
At least two churches have fallen victim to thieves in recent months.

Setting up a donation box at church may seem like an easy way to collect money for causes or the weekly collection, but it comes with risks. If left unattended, thieves may find a way to break into them. In the past, surveillance footage at two churches in different states shows exactly this.

In Missouri, a man was caught on camera walking into a church and breaking into a donation box, according to KFVS 12.

In a Florida church, a man bowed his head in prayer until everyone left, then walked over to the donation box and broke into it, according to CBS 12 News.

"Many churches have baskets and boxes around the church building that have small amounts of money in them," Jeff Hanna writes. “These collection locations might be for a devotional guide or an ongoing offering for a ministry or mission. Some churches have boxes in the back of the worship area to take their weekly offerings. Either way, these locations should be secured and the money taken out of them regularly. There should never be more than a few dollars in each of these baskets or boxes. Ideally, better options should be considered for paying for resources or making donations.

“Further, petty cash in the office should also be well secured. The contents should be minimal and all money taken out should be documented on a log and backed up with receipts. The cash box should be balanced at least monthly.”

When it's time to empty and count the money from donation boxes or baskets, help prevent theft by requiring two or more people to be present. Nine more tips on preventing theft when counting cash are included in "10 Tips for Counting Cash."

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