|Theft - Lead from church roofs is still a common target for thieves due to its high value and its theft can often go unnoticed until the water starts pouring in. In recent years roof slates and stones, including paving slabs, have also been taken from many churches, frequently costing tens of thousands of pounds to replace.
Strategically positioned CCTV cameras around your church roof and grounds can act as a deterrent and help identify the perpetrators. Historic records and artefacts and collection money can also tempt thieves, so internal security cameras covering key areas are also advisable.
Vandals - Vandalism can be as big a problem as theft, leading to thousands of pounds worth of damage. The most common issue is objects being thrown through windows, which can be extremely expensive to repair, especially if they are stained glass. Graffiti is also a frequent problem, as is people damaging and pushing over headstones. People also sometimes use churchyards as a place to drink resulting in anti-social behaviour and litter.
The presence of security cameras is often all that is needed to put off vandals, helping to prevent both the financial and emotional impact this kind of behaviour can cause.