Government encourages places of worship to heighten security

London, UK

The UK Government has this month reopened bids from places of worship in England and Wales to apply for funding to increase their security measures, if they can show vulnerability and risk of attack from religious hate crimes.

NSI approved security installers satisfy Home Office requirements to carry out the security work and places of worship who meet the qualifying criteria, are encouraged to make contact with NSI approved companies to take advantage of this opportunity.

As reported by NSI last summer when the first round of bids opened, churches, mosques and temples are invited to bid for funds if they can “demonstrate that any crimes committed at their place of worship (or one not necessarily of the same faith within a two mile radius) was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or faith”. Read the full criteria.

The Jewish community is exempt under this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

The scheme was launched last year by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, when she outlined a Hate Crime Action Plan. The Action Plan was launched following a rise in racist incidents since the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union.

NSI approval is one of the ultimate hallmarks of integrity and best practice in the security and fire safety sectors. NSI’s premier approval scheme for electronic security installers – NSI NACOSS Gold – is the highest accolade for reputable and professional organisations installing and maintaining intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems.


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