In years gone by, church doors stayed open round the clock. Lawsuits, embezzlement, and church shootings were things that happened to others. Today's headlines, however, tell us that crime has taken up residence even in our midst.
Potential Problem Areas
Churches should examine at least five areas of concern:
1. Access to the church. Far too many churches have no idea how many people have keys to their buildings. The leader of the Girl Scout troop that met in the church three years ago may have a key. So might the former custodian or previous committee chairperson. Any of those people could enter your building at any time.
Thieves could easily get into your church because of open or poorly secured doors and windows. Most churches do not have security systems. Furthermore, they invite theft by leaving hot black-market items, such as microphones, sound systems, DVD players, TVs, and computer ...