Here is a helpful article from a fellow NACDB member, Keith Shaver:
Keith Shaver, VP of Sales for uniview tec specializes in helping to protect church membership, guests and facilities.
With the increasing rates in crimes and vandalism, security has become one of the necessities of life. Having a physical security guard or an electronic surveillance system to watch over the premises is now considered a need rather than a luxury.
Two key elements for the church to consider for providing the right security solution is a security team and the use of electronic security equipment. The security team is the most cost effective, providing eyes and ears to monitor activities in the parking lots, entrances, worship venues and hallways. The security team is important, but without 24-hour surveillance the church is unable to ensure security after hours. To provide after-hours surveillance, the church should consider an intrusion alarm and video security.
The intrusion alarm is similar to a home system with keypads, door contacts and motion detectors but also includes glass break sensors and panic alarm buttons. This system provides security for those arriving early or working late.
The video security system is the best option for identification of persons, and provides video evidence for law enforcement of incidents and activities in children’s classrooms to alleviate parent and church safety concerns. The basic system can be a few cameras or hundreds which are recorded on a network video recorder (NVR) and viewed remotely on mobile phones.
If you’re concerned about adding or updating physical security methods or electronic security equipment within your church, there are options regarding security teams, video security, access control and intrusion. From small to mega church size, churches can gain knowledge regarding a layered approach to start small as needed and grow the capabilities as needs of the church dictate.