Total Security Announces Top Three Reasons New York Churches and Places of Worship Need To Deter Criminal Activity In New Tip Sheet

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Following a string of church break ins that inspired the company to launch a church security systems program during the first two quarters of 2015, Total Security now announces three essential reasons that New York churches and places of worship should improve security in an effort to promote awareness to the community. Security experts share how to protect donations, deter vandalism, and create a safer environment.

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Be proactive and install a quality security system installed. Work with a company that has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, strong references and a physical location with a showroom and trained service staff.

Most people agree that churches and places of worship should be peaceful and safe places for everyone to pray. However, minimizing criminal activity and preventing security breaches are challenging tasks, especially in population dense places such as New York City and Long Island, NY. In fact, a 11/27/14 New York Times article (source: states that 11 churches were broken into in Brooklyn within a span of just two months.

The event, and other similar events, inspired Total Security, a leading security systems installations company, to develop its church security systems program in the first two quarters of 2015. Total Security now announces three serious security issues and solutions that churches and other religious organizations are advised to consider in 2015 and beyond to help improve education around this important subject.

First, left unattended and unmonitored, donation and drop boxes are at risk. The robbery of donation and drop boxes are the most common form of theft that occurs at churches or places of worship. People who choose to donate want to feel secure that their money or items are being used for their intended purpose. Total Security CEO Matt DiMicco recommends placing security cameras in visible areas with a direct view of drop boxes to deter or record thefts. “High definition cameras with 24/7 remote access are ideal, and they are available at very affordable rates,” says DiMicco. He added that combined with their high definition progressive scan features, which can scan licenses plates and identify faces from 25 feet away, vandals won’t stand a chance and they will be accountable for their actions.

Second, vandalism is a serious form of criminal activity commonly occurring at religious organizations. In fact, according to the FBI, nearly 20% of the reported cases of hate crimes occur at a place of worship, resulting in a strong emotional community response. Whether the vandalism occurs as a religious based hate crime, or a prank, the illegal activity needs to be put to an end. With an advanced security system that includes both indoor and outdoor high definition cameras, the risk of vandalism significantly decreases. Companies such as Total Security can ensure the strategic placement of both indoor and outdoor cameras such as at exit and entry points, as well as other “at-risk” areas.

Third, Mr. DiMicco says that protecting the community is a priority. Churches and places of worship are sanctuaries. Any criminal activity could diminish the safety and peaceful experience of worship. This can also impact the congregation’s ability to attract new members. It is the duty of a religious organization’s leaders to help foster a safer environment.

DiMicco says to “be proactive and install a quality security system. Work with a company that has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, strong references and a physical location with a showroom and trained service staff. We are proud to be able to demonstrate all of these criteria.“

Total Security begins its security installation with a comprehensive security evaluation of the site. This enables the company to strategically place cameras and also install the most cost effective system for customers. Mr. DiMicco also states “because of our company’s experience and expertise we are able to get the most coverage with the least amount of cameras, resulting in significant savings for customers.” Mr. DiMicco reminds customers that the savings they will experience from keeping assets and equipment protected will be worth the investment alone. “We understand that the feeling of creating a safe and secure place of worship for your community members is priceless.”

To find out more information about the security of churches and places of worship, visit: or call (516) 775-2304.

About Total Security Integrated Systems
Total Security is an industry leader in commercial security systems and home security systems in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Long Island. Rated “A+” by the BBB, Total Security installs a variety of quality security systems, such as video surveillance, access control, intercoms, biometrics & GPS Tracking and security cameras. The company’s new security camera showroom and headquarters are based out of 206 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552.

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