Bolster Your Place of Worship’s Security Presence By Installing a CCTV Video Surveillance System
As we’ve written about in the past, churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are often targeted by burglars. While it’s uncomfortable to think about your community’s place of worship being targeted by crime, it’s necessary to do so in order to act proactively and protect the property.
For example, one worshipper of a recently burgled synagogue in Brooklyn, told the New York Post, “I don’t believe it, this doesn’t happen here.” And that is, unfortunately, the exact mindset that leads to unnecessary vulnerability. The facts are that everyone is vulnerable to burglary, no matter the location.
In that specific case, a thief broke into Maase Rokach Congregation on 12th Ave and 55th Street between 3 am and 7:30 am and made off with nine Torah scrolls valued at $233,000. Judging from the New York Post article, it seems as if the synagogue didn’t have a Closed Circuit Video (CCTV) surveillance system or an alarm system in place. As a result, their valued religious items are still missing.
On the other hand, in South Windsor, CT, a man robbed a Baptist church around 8 a.m. on a Saturday in March, but he was captured shortly after thanks to the church’s surveillance system. Police were able to identify a suspect from the surveillance footage and they later found the man asleep in his car behind a local business building.
Not only do surveillance systems give authorities valuable information after a crime has occurred, but they also prevent crime, as security expert Jim McGuffey explained to us.
“Although cameras are often used for post-investigation, they also serve as a deterrent. I mean, if you think about, if you’re going to steal something in any facility, would you steal it if you knew there was a camera watching you?” McGuffey said. “There’s some real logic to it, whether there is statistical data or not, there’s just some real logic to that, with it serving as a deterrent. They certainly act as a deterrent for the normal type of criminal activities.”
For example, according to JournalistsResource.org, a study done in the UK found that installing video surveillance in the parking lot of a location decreased crime by 51 percent. Supreme Security Systems offers the latest and most advanced CCTV solutions on the market today. Whether you’re looking to safeguard the exterior of your facility or secure high-traffic areas around your building, such as the greeting room, we can customize your video security solution to meet your precise needs and requirements. Installing a video system allows you to monitor suspicious activity before it turns into something more. We also offer IP-based video surveillance systems, which utilize a local network and the Internet to transmit and store digital images. This allows you to monitor video data from anywhere, at any time, streamlining security operations.
On top of preventing and recording crime, a professionally installed CCTV security system can catch slip and falls; detect and record exits and entries and visually confirm environmental events like floods and snow.
For maximum effectiveness, combine your place of worship’s CCTV system with a burglar alarm system. No matter how complex or sophisticated the threat to your business, Supreme can design and build a system to meet your precise needs and requirements.
Our burglar alarm systems are capable of everything from motion detection to glassbreak detection. If reading this has caused you to take the time to evaluate your place of worship’s security approach, please don’t hesitate to contact us and our expert staff will be happy to provide more information.