Monday, November 30

Missionary from Southern University Killed

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Missionary from Southern University Killed in Micronesia - WRCB Channel 3 Chattanooga News, Weather

Missionaries are a topic that we have not talked about yet on this blog. Anytime one travels overseas they are potentially placing themselves in a more hostile environment then if they were to remain in the United States. This statement is going to fluctuate based on the location that they are visiting. It has been my experience that most missionaries tend to travel to locations that are less familiar with the gospel. These same locations also tend to be in more remote areas, many times having higher crime rates and a lower presence of law enforcement. Many of these governments are corrupt and even hostel to the work that the missionaries are attempting to complete. Some of these remote locations have poor health care therefore good medical service is not always available.

Check with your local insurance provider on the many options available for international travel insurance. Don’t get caught overseas without the proper medical and financial coverage.

Sunday, November 29

Texas: Scare of their Life

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"It's a place where you would think you would be safe, but churchgoers in Madisonville had the scare of their life at the House of Hope Church on Wednesday night."

The above article was brought to my attention for an old co-worker and friend from the fire department (Hat Tip: Matt)

Saturday, November 28

Shot in Head then Crashes into Church

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Motorist dies after shot in head, crashes into South Side church :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State

You never know what to expect when you wake up each morning... Police are still investigating the cause of this man’s shooting. After being shot in the head his car crashed into the side of a church. By God’s grace no one at the church was injured. There is not much that could have been done to prevent this scenario from occurring. It seems to be a random act unrelated to the church that ended bad.

This story should be a reminder to all of us to look at our current church facility. Are there barriers that are in place that would prevent a vehicle from driving into our building? Most government facilities have changed their security prospective to take this into consideration for all their buildings. The reason is not related to a random person being shot and then crashing into their building, but a more organized attack like a car bomb or suicide attempt that would purposefully involve someone driving the vehicle into the building. I am not suggesting that major construction has to take place at your church, but I am asking you to think about how you can design your church if you may be considering a remodel or new church construction project.

Friday, November 27

“Sorry but I’m poor, Forgive me Lord”

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I know there’s usually money somewhere on church property thanks to the collection plate, but I never realized just how much electronic equipment there is in your average house of worship.

For the fourth time in two years, a building in Ellenwood, Georgia has been broken into by desperate criminals. However, this is the first time the robber has left behind a written plea for forgiveness after his crime.

The criminals wrote the words “Sorry but I’m poor, Forgive me Lord” on a side wall of the church before departing. The words alluded to the fact that the criminals needed money. Often time’s churches are viewed by criminals as easy targets. The writer of the linked article stated: “I know there’s usually money somewhere on church property thanks to the collection plate, but I never realized just how much electronic equipment there is in your average house of worship.” Criminals have realized this too! Most church collect money and it is a source for easy cash during a break-in. Churches big or small tend to have thousands of dollars worth of sound and musical equipment. More times than not these are the items that the criminals are targeting. Music and sound equipment made quick cash when handed over to the local pawn shop!


Why was this church broken into 4 times in two years? From the picture it does not look like it is stuck in the bad part of the inner city…

What could the church have done after the first break-in to make it harder for the 2nd, 3rd & 4th ones to occur? (New Locks, Alarm System, Cameras)

Churches should keep an itemized list of all electronic equipment. This should include serial numbers, photo’s and estimated values. The insurance company will need this information once the items are discovered stolen or damaged. Another law enforcement trick is to have the names, telephone numbers, and fax numbers of all pawn shops in the area. In the event that items are stolen they you can fax your list to all locations which may help you in the recovery of lost items.

Thursday, November 26

Dry Tree vs Watered Tree

Happy Thanksgiving!

The video below is a demonstration showing how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be as opposed to a tree watered regularly. This test was conducted by the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories.

Action Point: 
Water your Christmas Tree Everyday!!

Wednesday, November 25

Fire breaks out in 100-year-old Church

Fire breaks out in 100-year-old West Side church :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State

This is yet another example of why you should take a closer look at fire safety at your church!

Arround this time of year many churches, as well as, church members start decorating for the holidays. A common tradition is to place a chismas tree in your home or church facility. The below video illustrates how fast a christmas tree can burn. The video is a result of a test from the National Instutue of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. Make sure that you and your family have a plan in place in the event your home caught on fire. Knowing that there is an increased risk of fire during the holidays churches should consider reminding their congregations of what plans you have in place in the event of a fire emergency.

Tuesday, November 24

FBI Reports Hate Crimes up for Religion

New FBI report shows that hate crimes were up it 2008 over past years.

Of the 7,780 single-bias incidents reported in 2008:
- 19.5 percent were motivated by religious bias.

Report on Religious bias
There were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A breakdown of these offenses shows:

65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.
13.2 percent were anti-other religion.
7.7 percent were anti-Islamic.
4.7 percent were anti-Catholic.
4.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
3.7 percent were anti-Protestant.
0.9 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.

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Monday, November 23

Assault of Church Secretary

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"After the secretary told Taylor the church had no money and referred him to other organizations, she said he punched her in the face, implied he had a hidden gun"

What are you doing to protect the administrative staff at your church?

Are they left alone in your church building?
Do they sit in an area that is isolated from the rest of the office?
Does your church have a policy for how they should handle strangers entering the building?

Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

Two person rule: Adopt a policy that mandates two people being in the church at all times

Panic Button: Install a button that the secretary can push for an emergency

Telephone Crash Alert: Telephones can be set up to allow for a button to be pushed and permit the phone line to stay open so those on the other end of the phone can hear what is going on. (Speaker Phone Concept)

Camera System: The entry location of your church, as well as, the reception area should be monitored by cameras.

Sunday, November 22

Gunfire in Church Parking Lot

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"I could not believe anyone would want to air their differences in a church parking lot..I saw two men in the parking lot..One had been shot multiple times, and the other man was trying to talk on the cell phone...Since authorities had not yet arrived, I was concerned about my own safety and whether the shooter was still nearby."

What should your response be in a situation like this? The article mentions that Stone, who is the pastor of the church, “was concerned about my own safety and whether the shooter was still nearby”. Regardless of this fear he still responded to the church from his home prior to the police arriving. Who was the man on the phone in this article? Was he another victim or was he the perpetrator standing by willing to commit another crime? I applaud Stone for his willingness to respond and help those who were injured; however, I would have cautioned him to wait for the police to arrive to ensure the scene was safe. This is a common practice even for Emergency Medical Services all across the country. If a 911 call is initiated for an incident that may potentially be unsafe, incoming EMS units will stage at an appropriate distance away until police notify them that it is safe to proceed.

Think in advance about what you would do in a similar situation!

Saturday, November 21

Police Warn of thefts in Churches

Click to Read > Police warn of thefts in churches : Home: The Buffalo News

"Here is one Sunday when there are four crimes committed within a very short period. Most likely, all four were committed by the same perpetrator. The thieves certainly didn't target one religion or denomination.”

I am always amazed at how many people walk into church on Sunday’s, plop down their purse to save a seat and then turn around and walk back out to the lobby of the church. After speaking with some of these individuals their response normally resembles something like this: “Well, we are in church and no one here would ever steal anything from me”. Really??? The problem with this thought process is that it is not logical. Most of the referenced people have never experienced anything stolen from them; therefore, they assume their safety simply based on their location.

Criminals know that many church goers tend to think this same way. They look at churches as “easy targets”. If you want to save a seat they use your jacket or a piece of paper with your name on it. If you are a church leader or administrator you should consider regular reminders to your congregation about not leaving their valuables unattended around your church building.

I have directly experienced this form of theft in the past. Several years back my brother got married. Prior to the wedding all of the bride’s maids congregated in a room to add their final touches to their wedding attire. Each lady decided to leave her belonging, which included their purses, in the same room during the ceremony. After the wedding had concluded and the bride’s maids returned to collect their belongings, each girl was terrified when they discovered that all their money and credit cards had been removed from their purses. From their prospective all of their belongings were safe and secure. The bride’s maid figured that they would be the last ones into the sanctuary and the first ones out. Who would have a chance to get to their stuff? The part that they left out was the variable of the criminal. The criminal knew that they would be standing up in front of the auditorium for an extended period of time. They also knew that people normally don’t walk into a wedding ceremony late and they normally don’t walk out of the ceremony before it is over. The perpetrator had a direct window of opportunity to commit their crime!

I tell you this story to help you think of the possibilities that exist. Think about what you do with your belongings. Think about how you can encourage your congregations to safe guard their items at all times.

Friday, November 20

Friday Humor!

Received this interesting story on Facebook today from a blog reader and through it was worth passing it on.

“Reminds me of a sad but humorous story at our church. A drunken individual staggered into the building one morning. He was knocking things over and making a big mess. He relieved his bladder and then found his way to the kitchen and opened up the fridge. His attention was captivated by the ice cream in the freezer. He stumbled looking for a spoon; however, could only locate a fork instead. Knowing that a fork would still do the trick, he stabbed the fork into the ice cream with snickered glee. He then jammed the frozen joy into the roof of his mouth. In shock and horror he coughed out all the ice cream along with his false teeth, then collapsed to the floor in placate his pain. At that moment Vic walked in and was shocked to see an unknown man lying on the floor next to a pool of melted ice cream. In side the pool of ice cream was a fork implanted into a set of dentures.”

Some times break in can end in humor. This one would qualify for America’s dumbest criminals…”

Thanks Bonnie and India!!

Thursday, November 19

God’s Sovereignty in Security

What is God’s Sovereignty and how does it apply to our outlook on church security?

God’s sovereignty can be summarized as possessing ultimate power and authority, establishing that God is in complete control of all things and can accomplish whatever he pleases.

If you agree with the above statement and also believe that God works all things according to the counsel of his will (as noted in Ephesians 1:11) and that his knowledge of all things past, present, and future is flawless, then why bother investing in security concerns at your church. If God knows it’s going to happen and has the ability to protect us from it then what’s the point?

Although this thought process is true and the statements made about God are correct you may have left out an important piece of the puzzle! The part that is missing is that God uses his children to accomplish the purposes of his will. In God's awesome power and sovereignty he doesn't necessarily need us, but still uses us in His kindness. God has given people like you and me the skills to protect his church. He can use you to accomplish his will. As sinners we do not have the same supremacy as God. Therefore, we cannot know in advance what God’s will is for us. We have to respond by taking appropriate action to thwart evil in an effort to continue to advance the gospel.

I like to use an analogy when talking about this subject. Every time I get into a car I put on my seatbelt. I do not do this because I do not trust in God to protect me. I do it because I know that car accidents occur and that God gave man the wisdom to invent seatbelts and airbags. I believe that God can supernaturally intervene and prevent a drunk driver from running into me. I also know that God may have another plan and may allow the accident to occur. In the event that occurs then God may decide to continue to use the invention of man (Seatbelts and airbags) to protect me. Regardless of the outcome God was sovereign in the details. God is not only sovereign in the details BUT he is also GOOD! Knowing God is sovereign is not enough sometimes. If God was only sovereign but not good, we would be in trouble. His goodness coupled with sovereignty reveals more about His kindness towards sinners. So yes, God is not only sovereign in the details, whatever the outcome (walking away with a scratch, or being paralyzed or even dead) God is working His gospel purposes out in my life and for my ultimate GOOD. So if I have a scratch- it is for my GOOD. If am paralyzed it is for my GOOD. Wisdom states that one should act intelligently and use the knowledge and tools that the Lord has provided.

Mississippi Pastor Stabbed to Death

This is the second occurrence that I have seen this month involving a pastor being murdered at his home. It is an important reminder to not just think about safety and security at your workplace.

How are you protecting yourself and loved ones at home?

Wednesday, November 18

Security & Nevada Baptist Convention

Nevada Baptist Convention Picks Church Security as Topic for Convention Breakout Session.

Should other groups follow their lead?

Shots Fired! (Salisbury, NC)

Church bus caught in crossfire Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post
"Riders hit the floor as a loaded church bus got caught in the crossfire during a gun battle Sunday afternoon"

Only a few days after I posted about safety concerns regarding 15-Passenger Vans the above article is released. This article defines being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are a few things that we can learn from this experience. Many churches offer transportation services to members of their congregations that do not have their own transportation. We cannot place everyone in this category; however, I think it is safe to say that a large number of people who don’t have cars “may” live in lower income area’s that “could” have a higher crime rate. I say this as a reminder that churches should be extra vigilant when providing services in this area. Work with your local police department to identify high crime areas near your church. There may be alternate routes that you can take to avoid trouble spots similar to the one illustrated is Salisbury, NC.

Tuesday, November 17

Theft and Fire - Midway Bible Baptist Church

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The linked article tells a story about a church that experienced another tragedy related to a fire. Friday night the church was set ablaze by a “drifter” or “passerby” as the article describes. The individual stole $250 worth of music equipment prior to setting the church on fire. He was not a member of the church, nor did he live in the town that the church was located. This individual was just passing by and saw the church as an easy target. Is your church viewed as an easy target?

According to the United States Fire Administration:
The leading cause of church fires is arson (25%)

What can your church do to protect themselves from an arsonist getting into your facility?

Do you have an Alarm System?
Do you have surveillance cameras?
Does your building lock properly?

Monday, November 16

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

This video was created by the Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association to train viewers to learn how to assess a potential fire situation and use a portable fire extinguisher in the event of a fire emergency.
For more information about the Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association, visit

Sunday, November 15

(Updated) Fire Destroys Church

Does your church have smoke alarms and a sprinkler system?

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The below link has information provided by Clayton County Fire Department. This is the fire department that responded to the above mentioned fire that occurred this morning. I have been a fire fighter since high school and this is the first time I have ever seen a fire department who has information on their website directly related to fires at churches. I am not sure if Calvary Baptist Church in Morrow, GA had even received any of this information; however, it is a warning to all of us to take fire safety seriously.

UPDATE: 11/18/2009
"Investigators descovered traces of an accelerant that had been used," said Glenn Allen, spokesperson for Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine, whose arson investigators are coordinating the investigation. "We're looking for the public's help."

According to the United States Fire Administration:

~An average of 1,300 church fires are reported each year, causing $38 million in property loss.

~ The leading cause of church fires is arson (25%).

~ 30% of church fires are the result of mechanical failures. Faulty wiring and improperly functioning heating systems are often at fault, perhaps because they are in older structures and have not been brought up to local fire codes.

~ Of churches that reported fires, 65% had no smoke alarms and 96% had no sprinkler system.

That's me (yellow trim) putting out a fire in a 15 passenger van

Saturday, November 14


Question: “Brian, very thought provoking post. Do you believe that churches, schools, hospitals and the like should also educate their "customers" to make them force multipliers? I would be interested to hear if you think that is a good idea from a law enforcement perspective and if so, maybe some tips on how to effectively do so.” - Jenni Hesterman

Force multiplication refers to a combination of attributes which give a particular force or group an added advantage. Well-trained employees and volunteers should definitely be considered a security force multiplier. By training those who work for you and your organization you are increasing the eyes and ears of your team. I have a good example of this from a former job of mine. I use to work for a large department store. I was the security manager and was primarily responsible for investigating shop lifting. The company policy was for me to give a five minute speech at the beginning of every shift to all the employees about the importance of looking for shoplifters. If a store sales clerk notified the security department of a possible concern then that clerk would be given a cash award if they were correct and an arrest (from the security department) for shoplifting was made. This policy multiplied the security force by enlisting the aid of all store employees.

The interesting part of the question posted refers to the word “customers”. I think that there is a level of appropriateness in educating all your customers. For churches "customers" would refer to the congregational members of your religious institution. If the members of your church are helping to look after the church from a security prospective then you are only improving the benefit to your congregation. Have them report suspicious activity to your security director, pastor, minister, priest or church administration. This same principle could apply to school, hospitals, and other organizations as well.

Friday, November 13

2 dead, 14 hurt in Oregon Church Van Rollover

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Driving a large van is not like driving your everyday car. Does your church own a 12-15 passenger van (or something larger)? If so then what kind of training do you have in place to allow others to drive it? The common response that I hear from churches is, “none”!

According to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration posted by South Eastern Oklahoma State University the below facts apply to oversized vans:

~ 15-passenger vans have a increased rollover risk under certain conditions

~ The risk of rollover increases dramatically as the number of occupant’s increases from fewer than five occupants to over ten passengers.

~ 15-passenger vans (with 10 or more occupants) had a rollover rate in single vehicle crashes that is nearly 3 x the rate of those that were lightly loaded.

~ Loading 15-passenger vans causes the center of gravity to shift rearward and upward increasing the likelihood of rollover. Shift in the center of gravity will also increase the potential for loss of control in panic maneuvers.

~ It is important that the van be operated by experienced drivers, they should understand and be familiar with the handling characteristics of their vans, especially when fully loaded.

~ Institutions using 15-passenger vans should require seat belt use at all times.

~ Any load placed on the roof will be above the center of gravity of the vehicle and will increase the likelihood of rolling over.

Thursday, November 12

What’s the Risk

If the church does not understand its current risk and points of vulnerability, then it can not act appropriately to avoid that risk. Risk does not disappear because no one considers or acknowledges it. If risk is present then one must decided to put it into one of the five below categories.

You can eliminate it
You can reduce it
You can share it
You can transfer it
You can accept it

These principles of risk management are explained and illustrated in relationship to church safety and security. By developing an understanding of risk, one can make informed decisions on how to move forward with the vulnerabilities that they face.

Wednesday, November 11

Importance Notice:

I am on Vacation through Sunday. I will do my best to post as often as possible…

Photo by: Brian Gallagher
April, 2009

Mexico City, Mexico
Metropolitan Cathedral

Tuesday, November 10

Security Alarm System

"9 out of 10 Convicted Burglars Agreed That They Would Avoid A House or Business Protected By An Alarm System"
U.S. Department of Justice, 1999

Does your church have a security alarm system?

Monday, November 9

Find Sex Offenders Near Me

My wife informed me of an excellent website for tracking sexually oriented crimes in your local neighborhood or community. The site is called “Family Watchdog”.

Among other things, this website allows you to enter in an address and it displays a map linking all the crimes in the area related to offenses against children, rape, sexual battery, and other sexual related convictions. The website also allows you to get email updates when this information changes.

This is just another tool to aid you in your research and evaluation of the criminal activity near your church or religious institution.

Sunday, November 8

Carbon Monoxide, The Silent Killer

Up to 13 treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at church in Riverdale, MD

Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. You can not smell, taste or see that it is there. Carbon monoxide (CO) is generated as an off gas from items such as boilers, gas heaters, gas stoves, and gas fireplaces. When the carbon atoms in these gas products do not oxidize properly the reaction forms carbon monoxide instead of a much safer gas known as carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide binds to the hemoglobin in your blood preventing oxygen in the air from binding to the same hemoglobin. This causes a lack of oxygen to the body and will result in death if not removed from the environment. If carbon monoxide is being produced than something is wrong. Your gas boilers or gas heaters is not working properly. So how will you know this is happening?

Most people are familiar with smoke alarms. Well there is also a similar alarm called a carbon monoxide detector. Technology has advance to where you can even purchase a combined alarm that detects both. Your church should have carbon monoxide detectors any time that there is a chance of producing carbon monoxide. Some examples or locations to start are near mechanical spaces, kitchens and basements. Carbon monoxide does not stay in one place. Don’t limit your protection to only where you think the source could come from. Have carbon monoxide detectors spread out all around your facility.

Average Price: $10 - $30

Friday, November 6

Heart Felt Prayers

The last 24 hours have been tragic for many families across the United States! My heart felt prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones in the attack at Fort Hood, TX and now today at the Gateway Center in Orlando, FL.

Let this be a reminder to all of us to stay vigilant in our everyday activities.

Thursday, November 5

Man Caught by Receptionist Stealing from Church

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The above article illustrates a major security concerns at local churches across the county. When someone walks into your church who is the first person that they will be greeted by? Is it a receptionist sitting “downstairs”, as this article suggests, or does your church even have a receptionist?

Both scenarios cause problems! If your church does not have a receptionist, facility worker, security guard, or other such position to monitor individuals coming in and out of the building than the GATES (doors) of the church are open for anyone to enter. Your house of worship is no longer as secure and safe as it should be.

On the contrary, you also do not want to stick a receptionist by herself at a location that may potentially be dangerous. If your church is set up in a way that the receptionist is alone than be intentional on how you can protect him or her. Here are some examples. You can put a video camera at the reception area and have the feed go to the pastors office or to another location where is can be monitored as a back up. You can have a panic button wired to the front desk so if an intruder did enter the church than the receptionist can notify another person for help. You can put a locking device on the front door that requires the lock to be release by the push of a button in order for someone to enter through the door. These are just a few examples of ways to increase security in this area of your church.

Wednesday, November 4

Should Sex Offenders Be Barred from Church?

Should Sex Offenders Be Barred from Church?

I came across the above article tonight from TIME. It shows the prospective of a recovering sex offender who is now restricted from churches with child care due to a new law that was passed in North Carolina.

States all across America are moving towards making their laws stricter in relation to sex offenders. As a church leader or member you should be familiar with what your states current laws are regarding the subject.

Background Check Resources

LifeWay Christian Stores is advertising that if you register through then you will save up to 28% on background checks from

“ reported that about 450 churches have requested more than 5,000 background checks on volunteers and prospective employees since LifeWay began offering the service in 2008. Most of those searches returned clean records or minor traffic-related offenses, but 80 screenings uncovered serious felony offenses, and more than 600 people had some type of criminal history that may have disqualified them from volunteering or working at a church.” (Written by Brooklyn Noel Lowery,


Tuesday, November 3

National Sex Offender Website

Multiple stories were released today about a man from Fort Collins, Colorado who was charged yesterday with 11 felony counts to include sexual assaults on a child, criminal attempts to commit sexual exploitation of children and assault on a child by one in a position of trust with a pattern of abuse.

The man accused was employed by a church in the City of Longmont, CO. The prosecution is stating that the man used his position at the church to meet and entice boys into sexual relationships.

This topic has been all too common across America. The Catholic Church has received the most press coverage in relationship to sexual abuse related to priests. Unfortunately, this disease spreads far beyond one specific demonination. Many sexual predators are repeat offenders. They may fit perfectly into society and your local church; however, the sin that dwells within their heart is waiting to escape. I highly encourage your church to take this topic seriously. All church staff members or volunteers that work with children under the age 18 should be run though some type of security check by your church administration.

There are multiple levels of security checks available. These can range from a free national registry to purchasing a comprehensive background check. It is my recommendation that you start with simply running their information through a national database of known convicted sexual offenders. The Department of Justice has a National Sex Offenders Public Website (linked below). Many states have similar website that may also be helpful. In future posts I will give you more information on how to take this issue to the next step. Many organizations have been formed to specifically help churches with doing background checks.

Department of Justice – National Sex Offender Website

Link to One News Report of Charged Church Worker:

Monday, November 2

Michigan Minister Attacked at Home

Associated Press - November 1, 2009 4:34 PM ET

A Michigan minister who was stabbed in the neck, arms and chest by a burglar returned to the pulpit after weeks of recovery…Ramsby was attacked in his home by an intruder Aug. 4. Ramsby's family was out of town at the time and he was critically injured. He credited God with saving his life.

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What can we learn from the above story? According to police this attack seemed to be a random act of violence. Although Ramsby was not targeted specifically for his role as a minister, it is important to take your occupation into account when planning for the security of your personal life. Do you lock your doors at your house both when you are home, as well as, when you are away?

My wife is from a small town in Southwestern VA. She grew up never locking the exterior doors of her house. When we first got married this was a transition for her to remember as I insisted that the doors remained locked. Similar to my wife, some of you may be from smaller towns. If you lived in the city the idea of locking a door would be second nature; however, in a smaller town this is not always something that you consider. I don’t know if Ramsby had locked his door the night of his attack; however, my advice to you is that this would be the first step in protecting against a home intrusion. I also highly recommend investing in an alarm system for your house.

Sunday, November 1

Killed at Church Halloween Event

An 8-year-old boy apparently spending Halloween at a church event designed for safety was struck and killed by an SUV Saturday night, Clermont police said.

Boy, 8, killed near church Halloween event in Clermont --
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What is your church doing for special events? Many churches plan for traffic control during their Sunday service; however, forget about other events throughout the week. Does your church have a traffic control team or parking crew? Do you work with the local police department to help organize traffic flow for large events?

Many states will allow you to hire off duty police officers or crossing guards to assist with special events. If your event is at night this may be even more important due to the reduced levels of light and visibility. The extra cost occurred is well worth both the legal and financial liability.