JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson police are arming local churches with information needed to avoid becoming the next target of thieves.
This week the Jackson Police Department will hold a House of Worship Crime Prevention Seminar and introduce a new Church Watch program.
Specialists will offer strategies on premise security, exterior lighting, security systems and landscaping designs.
Police department officials said there have been nine recent church burglaries.
In the past several days officers made three arrests after catching one man inside a church and two others attempting to break into cars on a church parking lot.
"We're trying to educate the community as well as the pastors, the deacons, the chairman of the deacon board, maybe the person who's responsible for the facility as far as upkeep of the church, just some safety tips to help them in securing their churches," said J.P.D. Spokesman Officer Joseph Daughtry.
The House of Worship Crime Prevention Seminar will be held Wednesday February 3, 2010 from one to three p.m. at the Jackson Police Training Academy at 3000 St. Charles Street.
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