Churches Seek Better Security after Rash of Burglaries

| August 3, 2010

A small piece of plywood covers the black hole where a piece of stain glass window was punched in at St. Patrick's Church just three weeks ago. Monday crews were back replacing another window the latest casualty in another burglary.

"Typically they have been basement windows, now the one last night was a second floor window," said Lt. Jim Runge of the Green Bay Police department.

The recent burglaries are forcing churches to take a look at their security. Some say they're considering installing cameras, others are turning to the police.

"Our crime prevention officer has gone out, I know one church for sure and has done a security survey," said Runge. "I imagine he'll go out to the rest of them to give them suggestions, ideas on how to make their building more secure."

St. Paul Lutheran Church is already on that path: Eight cameras keep watch over the building, the doors are laced with alarms, but after a June burglary, the church is looking to upgrade.

"We're looking at a few changes, said Ben Carlovsky. "Maybe some better motion sensing cameras and it makes our members think of the security that we do have, always making sure the doors are locked when they're leaving."

St. Mary's Church in Green Bay is improving its locks and St. Peter and Paul Parish is replacing its basement windows with thick glass block windows after someone broke in last month. Upgrades that are costly, but increasingly necessary.


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