Church Security can be difficult for a number of reasons.
In order for equipment to be readily available for people to use means that it can be exposed to theft or vandalism. Also, churches tend to stay open because of events and ministry activities.
Here are some practical steps we’ve taken to beef up our security:
1. Kensington style locks for laptops. These cost around $25.00 and can be found at most electronics stores. Lots of manufacturers are including Kensington style locking capability not only on laptops but displays and other equipment as well. We even discovered that the grills over the air filters on the Avid SC 48 will accommodate at Kensington lock. It might not stop a thief, but it’s at least doing SOMETHING to secure a resource.
2. Inventory your equipment. A good model number and serial number, plus a sales receipt are the most important elements of recovering stolen equipment. Pawn shops are heavily regulated (at least in Texas) and are not allowed to sell merchandise for a specified length of time after they purchase it. That will give you time with to work with the police if you ever have anything stolen.
3. Steel cable and aluminum ferrules. Home Depot sells steel cable in various sizes by the foot. You’ll need the cable, some cutters, ferules, and a crimp tool. I just purchased 100 feet of cable, both tools and a couple dozen ferules for $100. We run the cable through computer monitors, and though the security port of our computers. You can also usually find a place in the back corners of dvd players to drill small holes and secure those devices to media carts.
4. Culture change of security consciousness. My staff and I are getting into the habit of checking doors, closing our office doors, even while just down the hall. We’re keeping each other accountable, and helping each other remember to close doors, lock doors, put equipment away, etc.
Do you have any tips or technology that is helpful in securing your resources?