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Churches no longer a sanctuary from crime as burglaries rise

Theres no honor among thieves — even when it comes to stealing from churches. A growing tide of burglaries at houses of worship are signs of both a reeling economy and the end of a social taboo that once protected the money collected to help the poor and the valuables displayed to honor a higher power.

In the latest example, police in Longmont, Colo., have formed a task force to investigate 10 break-ins and attempted burglaries at six churches in less than two weeks. And all around the nation, the faithful are finding criminals unfazed by the prospect of burglarizing a sanctuary.“From a historical standpoint, the sacredness of the church has changed, so to speak, in our society,” Jeffrey Hawkins, a security consultant who works with churches. told

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