Church Video Surveillance & Security Camera Systems
Churches and other places of worship naturally place great emphasis on creating an open and welcoming environment. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead a church to neglect security, which leaves them vulnerable to acts of vandalism or theft. A properly installed church video surveillance system can help to create a safe and secure environment for congregations and the people they serve.
Benefits of Church Video Surveillance
Easy installation – The introduction of IP (Internet Protocol) cameras has made the installation of security cameras easier than ever before. Unlike analog CCTV systems, which involve coaxial cable and power tools, you just mount your IP cameras in their designated locations. You can even move your cameras around if your church’s security needs change.
Prevent theft and vandalism – Mounting outdoor cameras in your church video surveillance system can deter possible vandals or thieves
High resolution images – Implementing digital ip cameras for your church video surveillance system will help you provide high quality resolution and make it easy for you to monitor your church clearly.
Check footage anytime – The addition of an NVR (network video recorder) to your network makes it possible for you to broadcast your church’s security footage securely over the internet. You can check in on your church’s video surveillance system at any time, from anywhere.
Remote broadcasting – Do you have elderly or sick members of your congregation who can’t make it to services as regularly as you’d like? You can use an NVR and a security camera to broadcast your services over the internet and bring your sermons to the homes of those who can’t come.
Risks of Video Surveillance in Church Environments
Vandalism – Cameras, especially when installed outdoors, are subject to vandalism. Many thieves or vandals try to vandalize cameras in order to obscure their identity before committing a crime.
Outages – Power surges or outages may cause a disruption in your church video surveillance system or even damage it.
Outdoor damages – Storms, wind gusts, rain and other outdoor hazards can damage your security system and prevent it from recording.
Configuration of CCTV Systems in Houses of Worship
Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and other worship environments vary widely in size, congregation, and services. Consider each of the following factors when setting up a video surveillance system in your church:
- What do you consider to be your most important security issues?
- Have you ever wished that you could have recorded an incident on camera?
- How big is your church?
- Do you have one building with just a couple of rooms or several buildings with classrooms, offices, and a library?
- Are there problems with crimes like theft and vandalism in your neighborhood?
- How much involvement does the surrounding neighborhood have within your congregation?
- What kind of theft or vandalism problems have you had in the past?
- Do you host sports leagues, youth events, parties and weddings on site?
- Do you lease church facilities for other groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous)?
Advice for Church Video Surveillance Systems
- Place cameras in open areas like lobbies, offices, libraries, classrooms and cafeterias.
- If you want to broadcast your service over the internet using an NVR, place a fixed camera directed at the pulpit.
- Cameras placed in parking lots can help reduce theft and vandalism to parishioner cars during services and other events.
- During special events, install security cameras to reduce theft and prevent problems from arising.
- Outdoor cameras monitoring your building’s perimeter can help reduce theft and vandalism of landscape equipment and other outdoor features.