The best security plan is one developed with good and relevant information.

 

The data on this page is only that associated with deadly force incidents and suspicious deaths at churches and ministries in the U.S.. The data is dynamic, but gathered from enough incidents that trends are stabilizing.

 

There is no agenda to prove anything other than the importance of intentional security and safety by every ministry – regardless of size. I record the data as I am able to confirm it, allowing others to reach conclusions on other statistics (such as church shootings, domestic violence in church, church homicides or other details related to developing a church security plan).

 

I am especially grateful to many who have written or met with me regarding their personal experience in some of the stories. Many have sent me stories that I missed along the way. I am grateful for every clarification, correction and revelation provided by all of you. Your information will help make ministries safer everywhere.

If you know of incidents not found, or have personal experiences with any of those stories found in the CHURCH CRIME HISTORY tab, please write me – the more we all know, the better prepared others will be.

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Ministry Violence Statistics

 

 

Deadly Force Incidents (DFI's) at Faith-Based Organizations in the United States (includes abductions, attacks, suspicious deaths, suicides and deadly force intervention / protection)
DATA CURRENT for time period 1/1/1999 through 2/01/14 NUM %
TOTAL DFI's (Deadly Force Incidents) 792  
NUMBER OF DFI's WHERE THE "ATTACK RESULTED IN DEATH OF OTHERS" (ARDO) 298 37.63%
Total known (generally accepted as known) attack triggers 619  
Domestic Spillover (Domestic relationship violence that found it's way onto ministry property and resulted in a DFI) 103 16.64%
Personal Conflict (disagreement between 2 or more un-domestic-related people that erupted into a deadly force incident) 85 13.73%
Robbery 148 23.91%
Gang related (Gang or potential gang related that included drugs are in drugs category). It is reasonable to assume many of the PC and robbery cases were gang-related as well, but cannot be confirmed 64 10.34%
Confirmed drug related 14 2.26%
Confirmed mental illness 65 10.50%
Religious Bias (against any form of religion) 42 6.79%
Random and other (including rare triggers) 98 15.83%
Number of DFI's occurring based upon the TOP 3 known single issue triggers -- (Domestic Violence, Personal conflict and robbery) 336 54.28%
Total incident weapons known (some attacks had more than one weapon) 817 %
Gun 472 57.77%
Knife (or other stabbing weapon) 141 17.26%
Auto 30 3.67%
Explosives (includes Molotov Cocktails) 48 5.88%
Other (poison, beating, hanging, fire, various objects) 126 15.42%
Victim Statistics (not including suicide)    
Total killed and injured 884  
Killed 376 42.53%
Injured 508 57.47%
Male victims (killed) 239 63.56%
Female victims (killed) 146 38.83%
Aggressor Statistics    
Total known (even if known only by description) aggressors 788  
Male 722 91.62%
Female 66 8.38%
Affiliated (member, past member, employee, volunteer) with ministry 190 24.11%
Total aggressors (including those without even a description) and their status  933  
Suicide 76 8.15%
KIA 27 2.89%
Arrested  495 53.05%
Unknown or at-large 335 35.91%
Incident Statistics    
Occurred inside the building 256 32.74%
Occurred outside on ministry property or activity location  526 67.26%
Occurred during event 313 40.13%
Occurred in off hours 467 59.87%
Single attacker 460 72.56%
Multiple attackers 174 27.44%
Total deadly force incident stats by year
Year Total deaths (Homicide, suicide, unsolved suspicious and aggressors killed in action) Total Incidents
1999 22 10
2000 9 6
2001 4 6
2002 11 9
2003 10 8
2004 3 4
2005 19 10
2006 30 27
2007 39 41
2008 50 64
2009 54 108
2010 52 102
2011 49 107
2012 76 139
2013 45 132
2014 6 19
TOTAL DEADLY FORCE DEATHS and INCIDENTS SINCE 1/01/1999 479 792

Deadly Force Incidents (DFI's) at Faith-Based Organizations in the United States (includes abductions, attacks, suspicious deaths, suicides and deadly force intervention / protection)

DATA CURRENT for time period 1/1/1999 through 2/01/14

NUM

%

TOTAL DFI's (Deadly Force Incidents)

792

 

NUMBER OF DFI's WHERE THE "ATTACK RESULTED IN DEATH OF OTHERS" (ARDO)

298

37.63%

 

 

 

Total known (generally accepted as known) attack triggers

619

 

Domestic Spillover (Domestic relationship violence that found it's way onto ministry property and resulted in a DFI)

103

16.64%

Personal Conflict (disagreement between 2 or more un-domestic-related people that erupted into a deadly force incident)

85

13.73%

Robbery

148

23.91%

Gang related (Gang or potential gang related that included drugs are in drugs category). It is reasonable to assume many of the PC and robbery cases were gang-related as well, but cannot be confirmed

64

10.34%

Confirmed drug related

14

2.26%

Confirmed mental illness

65

10.50%

Religious Bias (against any form of religion)

42

6.79%

Random and other (including rare triggers)

98

15.83%

 

 

 

Number of DFI's occurring based upon the TOP 3 known single issue triggers -- (Domestic Violence, Personal conflict and robbery)

336

54.28%

 

 

 

Total incident weapons known (some attacks had more than one weapon)

817

%

Gun

472

57.77%

Knife (or other stabbing weapon)

141

17.26%

Auto

30

3.67%

Explosives (includes Molotov Cocktails)

48

5.88%

Other (poison, beating, hanging, fire, various objects)

126

15.42%

 

 

 

Victim Statistics (not including suicide)

 

 

Total killed and injured

884

 

Killed

376

42.53%

Injured

508

57.47%

Male victims (killed)

239

63.56%

Female victims (killed)

146

38.83%

 

 

 

Aggressor Statistics

 

 

Total known (even if known only by description) aggressors

788

 

Male

722

91.62%

Female

66

8.38%

Affiliated (member, past member, employee, volunteer) with ministry

190

24.11%

 

 

 

Total aggressors (including those without even a description) and their status 

933

 

Suicide

76

8.15%

KIA

27

2.89%

Arrested 

495

53.05%

Unknown or at-large

335

35.91%

 

 

 

Incident Statistics

 

 

Occurred inside the building

256

32.74%

Occurred outside on ministry property or activity location 

526

67.26%

Occurred during event

313

40.13%

Occurred in off hours

467

59.87%

Single attacker

460

72.56%

Multiple attackers

174

27.44%

 

 

 

Total deadly force incident stats by year

Year

Total deaths (Homicide, suicide, unsolved suspicious and aggressors killed in action)

Total Incidents

1999

22

10

2000

9

6

2001

4

6

2002

11

9

2003

10

8

2004

3

4

2005

19

10

2006

30

27

2007

39

41

2008

50

64

2009

54

108

2010

52

102

2011

49

107

2012

76

139

2013

45

132

2014

6

19

TOTAL DEADLY FORCE DEATHS and INCIDENTS SINCE 1/01/1999

479

792