JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - For the past two weeks, Jackson police have reported a high number of church burglaries. Most have been located in the inner city, and were close together, leading them to believe they're linked.
There have been nine church burglaries reported to Jackson Police in the past two weeks. In most cases the thieves broke windows to gain access into the place of worship.
Electronics equipment including audio and video systems have been targeted.
Jackson police are hoping to bring the churches together, to work on ways they can protect their properties and prevent thefts from occurring.
Monday morning members of the clergy and law enforcement held a press conference at police headquarters.
Church leaders say they hope more members of the community get involved, and help report anything suspicious, and put whoever is breaking in the churches, behind bars.
"Hopefully this is just a starting in building a strong community a strong coalition within our community of faith, all our churches working together towards and end if not reducing crime as it results to churches being victimized but crime in general," says Assistant Chief Lee Vance.
Later this week, Jackson police will arm church leaders with security tips to stop burglars in their tracks.
Specialists will offer strategies on security, exterior lighting, security systems and landscaping designs.
They're calling it the House of Worship Crime Prevention Seminar.
It will be held Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the J.P.D. Training Academy.
Church officials from across the city are invited to attend.