Arson advice for churches
Arson poses a major security challenge for church communities. Fires can be started deliberately, either by arsonists or thieves concealing their crime and churches are often viewed as a soft target.
Loyd Grossman OBE, former Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust
Watch our video where Loyd discusses the major disruption that arson can bring to churches and their communities and also outlines practical tips you can undertake to reduce the risk of arson affecting your church.
Practical tips to reduce the risk of arson
By regularly reviewing and taking simple steps to improve the security of church property you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of arson at little or no cost.
Create the impression the building is visited regularly. Encourage members of the church and neighbours to visit as part of their daily routine.
Carry out vandalism repairs quickly. Minor damage is often followed by more serious incidents including arson if not addressed quickly.
Locate waste bins in secure areas well away from buildings if possible. A fire in a waste bin close to the church can quickly spread to the building.
Further tips and advice can be found in our checklist.