Tag: Church Security

Downtown church removes outside benches to reduce crime, loitering

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



Several years ago, First Presbyterian Church placed several wooden benches outside its sanctuary near Central and Broadway, across the street from the Lord’s Diner. The idea was to give homeless people and others in the neighborhood — including those waiting for a free meal at the diner — a comfortable, shaded place to sit. The […]




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Church suspect faces federal charge

| July 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – The man accused of bringing a loaded pistol, rifle and a backpack off ammunition to a Fairhope church is now facing a federal charge. Robin Hernandez stood be a federal judge Friday and charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm. A criminal complaint filed by an FBI […]




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VIDEO: 84-year-old church security guard gunned down during Bible study

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



As about 15 members of a Detroit church studied passages at their Wednesday night Bible study, the man hired to protect them was gunned down outside. The death of 84-year-old Joseph Lewis is a "heartbreaker," said deacon Jimmy Jones, 61, from Victory Way Assembly Church of God & Christ. "We were in Bible study and […]




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Church Guard Killed In Detroit Shooting

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – An 84-year-old security guard was shot to death in the parking lot of a Detroit church while Bible study took place inside. Police said it happened just before 9 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Way Assembly Church of God near Tireman and Vancourt. Deacon Jimmy Jones of Victory Way Assembly Church of God […]




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Several day cares, churches find suspicious letters

| May 8, 2012 | 0 Comments



Police investigated more than a half a dozen letters containing suspicious powder on Tuesday. Investigators said one letter was found at Lighthouse Baptist Church on Northeast 27th Street in Grand Prairie. The rest were sent to day care and preschool facilities. Three letters were found in Irving at the Clifton Early Childhood Development Center, the […]




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SE Pa. church holds mock kidnapping on youth group

| March 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



A southeastern Pennsylvania church subjected members of a youth group to a mock kidnapping and interrogations without telling them it was staged, and the outraged mother of one 14-year-old girl has filed a complaint with police. The pastor of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown said the church is "so saddened" that the […]




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Paintball gun confusion brings SWAT team to church

| March 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



Members of a local youth group left their church Sunday night with hands in the air as SWAT team personnel waited with guns drawn. Officials responded to a perceived hostage situation at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church around 6:15 p.m. after a call indicated that an individual walked into the church with what appeared to […]




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Protecting yourself in church is the focus of a state bill

| March 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



GROVE, Okla. – A bill is working its way around the Capitol focusing on guns and church. In Oklahoma, a person has the right to protect himself using deadly force inside his home, car or place of business. House Bill 2988 is intended to clear up any legal loopholes and include churches as well. "I […]




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Call for increased security for church relics

| March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Church authorities who are custodians of relics have been called on to increase their security, or temporarily remove the items, in light of recent thefts. Raghnall Ó Floinn, Head of Collections at the National Museum of Ireland, said these incidents were worrying, and that custodians of relics might have to increase security. It follows the […]




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‘Voice of God’ Alarms Installed in England Churches to Scare Away Thieves

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



Many churches in England plan to install "voice of God" alarms to their roofs to scare away thieves who strip off lead and copper. The churches plan to hide movement sensors in the structures of their roofs that will set off a booming voice to startle intruders, according to the Telegraph. The "voice of God" […]




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Churches, sacred spaces – easy targets for thieves?

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



[Episcopal News Service] Google “church” and “robbery” together and the hits just keep on coming. Recent thefts of copper wiring, mostly from outdoor air conditioning units, as well as other less frequent instances of break-ins, armed robberies and embezzlement, have taught church officials a painful lesson — that even sacred spaces may be easy targets […]




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Legislation offers churches protection

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



Legislation giving churches the same protection against violent crimes as homeowners and businesses passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow) authored House Bill 2988, which will expand the legal authority of churches to protect themselves in violent situations. “We’ve had numerous pastors, churches, places of worship over the last couple of […]




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Sex Offender Fired From Church After Second Charge

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



GREENVILLE, S.C. — A church employee accused of a sex crime against a young girl is out of a job. William Harrison, Jr. was arrested by Williamston Police Friday. He is charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor. Police say the crimes happened in Williamston, where Harrison lives. Harrison was already on […]




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Church metal theft cases reach record high in 2011

| January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



The past year saw the most claims made by churches for metal theft, an insurance firm says. Ecclesiastical said more than 2,500 claims were made in 2011, surpassing the previous highest figure of more than 2,400 in 2008. Chelmsford Diocese in Essex was the worst-hit place in the UK, according to Ecclesiastical, which is the […]




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Churches evaluating open-door policies

| December 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



A string of burglaries targeting local churches may have been more of a coincidence than a strategic plan, but law enforcement said the crimes indicate that thieves will target anyone to steal a buck. Five churches have been burglarized in Auburn along with two others in Cayuga County within the past year, with religious relics […]




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