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Protecting Houses of Worship

Targeted Violence

Within the United States, there are approximately 345,000 religious groups that have about 150 million members that comprise more than 230 different denominations. Rural communities generally have small congregations, whereas urban areas have congregations that can exceed 10,000 members. Some religious facilities also provide Kindergarten through 12th-grade schooling for youth.

In 2014 alone, there were 176 deadly incidents at houses of worship in the United States. The 2015 mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina took the lives of nine people.

The tips that follow are not exhaustive. At a bare minimum, entry points to the house of worship should be limited during meeting or worship times.

Here’s what we know:
Here’s what you can do: