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How to Choose a Church Security System
You’ve While many places of worship strive to be safe spaces and are generally open to the community, churches can still become targets of theft or vandalism. Churches also have many hours when the building may be closed or uninhabited, making it an attractive target for crime. A security system makes sense to protect not only your place of worship, but your congregation and valuable assets like musical instruments, relics, and other irreplaceable items.
Let’s review why a security system can be an asset for churches and other places of worship and then discuss the kinds of components you might want to consider in a church security system.
Benefits of a Church Security System
If you’re beginning to consider a security system for your church, you might be surprised at how it can multi-task, providing not only security but safety for your congregation. From keeping an eye on the parking lot to making sure children are safe, a robust security system can provide peace of mind for your place of worship.
Prevent Theft and Vandalism
A church security system, especially one equipped with cameras, can help spot an intruder or a crime in progress before significant property damage or theft occurs.
Surveillance and Safety
Indoor and outdoor security cameras can not only detect intruders but also to monitor areas of concern to ensure the safety and well being of all the members of your congregation. You can also use those same indoor cameras to broadcast sermons or to record footage for sharing on social media.
Protect Church Property
Many churches have valuable assets or property that they use or display during services, and in some cases, those items are irreplaceable. A security system can deter theft both from intruders and employees or other church members.
A church security system equipped with sensors and alarms as well as cameras can alert you to a problem and enable the monitoring station to dispatch authorities sooner and prevent loss of property or damage.
Care for Your Congregation
A system that incorporates not only security measures and surveillance but also fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can protect the community your church cares for and ensure the building remains safe for all.
What Components Do You Need?
Each church or place of worship is different, with buildings that require a unique approach. In general, you should consider the following components for a church security system depending on your congregation, the building, and your budget.
But how do you decide which commercial security camera system to choose? You’ll need to carefully consider the needs of your business, the property and employees, your budget, and the kinds of security cameras that will work best for your specific situation.
Before diving into those details, it helps to have a basic understanding of how security cameras and in particular how commercial security camera systems work.
A network of outdoor and indoor cameras will provide more than security. You’ll get the added benefit of surveillance that ensures the safety of church members while they’re on property. Whether it’s for bible study, Sunday services, or nursery school having cameras may make your congregation feel safer volunteering and gathering outside of regular hours of worship..
Door Alarms and Sensors
Alarms and sensors should be part of a church security system and will alert you to intruders or suspicious activity on the property. Many security systems have doors you can arm remotely, ensuring you’ll never have to worry about remembering whether you locked the door or not.
Fire Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Sensors
Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can be integrated into your security system, providing notifications and the opportunity to alert authorities if an emergency is detected. Other items like flood sensors may also be helpful to protect church property from damage.
Access Control Systems
For larger buildings with multiple entrances, an access control system can be an asset. It allows property managers to control the system remotely, personalizing access for each user and receiving notifications for unusual activity.
Professional Monitoring Services
While some security systems might allow you to self-monitor remotely, it’s not the best or safest solution. You can’t always be available to respond, and even one missed notification might spell disaster. Retaining professional security services will ensure someone will be there to back you up no matter what time it is.
Church Security Systems From American Alarm
Are you looking for a security service for your place of worship? American Alarm Systems can help. We offer services for both residential and commercial properties. Whether you’ve got a small chapel or a larger church property with multiple buildings, we’ll work with you to design a security system to meet your needs. Here are just a few of the services and systems we offer.
Our UL certified security systems provide the gold standard of protection with a wide variety of sensors, locks, detectors, alarms, and more.
American Alarm offers both indoor and outdoor camera solutions with systems designed to provide a 360-degree view of your church, the surrounding property, and other critical areas where your congregation might gather.
We work with churches to install, service, and inspect fire alarm systems that meet the requirements and adhere to the current fire codes and safety standards.
Control access to parts of the building and ensure doors are locked remotely with an access control system. This may be especially helpful for larger church properties with multiple access points.
Video Alarm Verification
Once a sensor is tripped, video can be recorded and sent to the monitoring station to verify an intruder or other emergency and to assist in alerting authorities promptly.
Central Station Monitoring
American Alarm security systems are backed by a full-service UL certified monitoring station. Recognized as a leader in the industry, our monitoring station has the latest technology and redundant systems to ensure we’ll always be standing by to help.
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