Report: Crimes against churches on the rise

Experts discuss the steps worship centers can take to mitigate threats

While some of these tips may prove useful in helping worship centers guard against property crimes, Santamorena says acts of violence or terrorism are more difficult to prepare for.

"These violent acts are really impossible to predict and prevent," he said. "The one thing you can do though is establish an incident response protocol so you know what to do if an incident occurs. This should include procedures for evacuations and lockdowns. Routes and meeting places should be established. Can you even lock off areas inside your facility like classrooms or a daycare? You've got think about things like first aid and who is trained to provide it. You should have some form of communication procedures."