Admittedly, the idea of video surveillance cameras in churches is startling. But when we look at the church as a social center as much as a place to find spiritual direction, then this begins to make sense.
The fact is that no one likes to be in front of a security surveillance camera, not in the least when we’re having that one on one time with the creator. But there are valid reasons why spy and security surveillance equipment are needed in churches.
Naturally the church comes off as a very secure place. But that calm, welcoming aura can be as alluring for a criminal as it is to a devout. There are many records of thieves breaking into churches and stealing valuables, money and other items.
From the perspective of a criminal, the church can be one of the most ideal places to attack; It always quiet, there are very few security guards (if any), and there are so many valuable items around.
The record of kidnapping, robbery and violence in churches is enough proof that there is a pressing need to fortify our churches. But to do so in a brute, militaristic way would defeat the very purpose of the church. With CCTV and hidden cameras, the church can be the church to the devout, and still be sufficiently protected from criminals.
Churches are a hub of activity. That is why so many people come together. Ushers and dignitaries usually have difficulties controlling the arrangement and movement within churches. However with surveillance cameras fitted at specific angles in the church hall, these Ushers and officials will get a bird’s eye view of things and be able to bring order into the ‘house of God’.
Another important function of video camera systems in the church is to record sermons. Video surveillance systems are excellent for this purpose. They produce perfect images with crystal clear sound and are easily operated from the control room without distracting the audience.
To Keep Us at Our Best:
We are at our best when we know someone is watching. The church definitely needs us to be at our best every time we visit. It is somewhat ironic and a bit cynical that after all the teachings of the eye watching from above the clouds, morality and the virtues of good, it’s these little electronic gadgets that will get us to mend our ways.