With many churches located in inner city and remote rural locations, protection from anti-social behaviour can be a serious issue. Many churches end up paying out thousands of pounds to replace stolen property and repair damage, making the cost of installing CCTV highly attractive. CCTV is one of the most effective ways to discourage anti-social behaviour, but it can also have other, more innovative uses.
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.
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.
Choirs and Orchestras
CCTV is not just for curbing anti-social behaviour, it can also be a useful tool for choirs and orchestras. A common issue for groups of musicians working in churches is that the organist has to sit with their back to the rest of the musicians and the conductor. Clever use of CCTV cameras and a monitor can allow the organist to see what everyone else is doing and follow the conductor, making their job much easier.
For many older parishioners, getting to church every week is not always possible, especially when dealing with health issues that limit their mobility. However, modern technology means cameras can be connected to the internet, allowing members of the church community to still see and hear the service remotely on days when they can’t be there in person.
Standfast are one of the top CCTV installers in Bristol delivering both wired and wireless systems. With nearly 30 years in the business and over 8500 customers, we have worked on most kinds of properties, both commercial, domestic and public. Our experience allows us to offer the best, most appropriate solution for your needs, whatever those might be.