A high proportion of fires in places of worship are started maliciously by using materials that are already available at or near the scene. Some may start fires by introducing burning materials through windows or letter boxes, while others will break into the target building.
Maintain a high standard of vigilance at all times, and ensure security is suitable and adequate. Limit the fuel that may be available, Gas cylinders, flammable liquids and combustible materials that are easily ignited should be safely locked away. Matches and candles should be kept out of sight, preferably off-site.
Vandalism occurring in and around the place of worship should be considered within the risk assessment. Consideration needs to be given to automatic fire detection devices, such as smoke detectors, which can be linked to a remote central station if the risk is deemed to be high.