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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.

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.