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Church security

Every year, one in four churches suffer from theft, vandalism or arson. Insurance provides monetary compensation, but can't compensate for the loss of a church's history.

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Follow these simple security steps

  • Lock church after dark - unless there is a service or someone present.

  • Keep keys safe - with an official or in a secure place away from the church. Maintain a current list of keyholders.

  • Protect high-value items - chain items to the floor or wall or replace items with cheaper alternatives when services are not taking place.

  • Lock away valuables/money - keep money, silver, brass and pewter items in a safe or secure area such as the vestry or a church officer's home.

  • Keep and monitor all receipts for deposits - investigate any discrepancies immediately.

  • Divide responsibility for money - appoint different officials for collecting, counting and banking. Ensure noone is left alone to count money.


Full advice can be found in our Security Guidance notes. For more information call 0345 777 3322 or contact your local Insurance Consultant and Surveyor.
Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.