Places of worship have been offered security grants following an increase in hate crime against religion.
A recent spike in hate crime against churches, mosques, gurdwaras and temples has seen a higher police presence around these places, after reports of Muslim women being spat at and verbally abused, and the Met Police seeing an increase in reports of racist incidents a day (BBC, 2017).
Places of worship that have been subject to, and are vulnerable to, a hate attack could apply for funding to protective security measures such as CCTV, external gates, intruder alarms, external lighting and security doors.
Funding would also cover labour costs to install the security equipment.
In order to apply, places of worship had to provide evidence of hate crime from within the last two years, including police reports, records of incidents or photographic evidence.
A site survey from a local crime prevention design adviser took place with all applicants, and applicants also had to provide3 quotes from approved security installers before completing an online application form.
The grant did not guarantee free-of-charge service and equipment, however; places of worship were required to contribute 20% of the total costs in order to apply.
The only community not to benefit from this scheme was the Jewish, as a similar commitment was made to fund security for Jewish Synagogues through a separate grant.
Applicants had just under two months to apply for security funding, beginning from April 3 and closing at 5pm on May 29.
The review period will take place between May 30 and August 3, with the outcome communicated by August 4.
It is speculated that the grant will next be available in the early months of 2018.
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