Beware—Thieves!

Photo courtesy of crushhhh

Photo courtesy of crushhhh

A reader in the Long Beach, CA area contacted me this week. It seems some men wandered onto the stage after the service and started “breaking down.” What they were really doing was ripping off. They ended up walking out with various stands, microphones and other easily carried equipment before anyone noticed. A musician questioned them and the men responded they were with the tech team. 

I’m posting this for two reasons. First, if you’re a church in Orange County, CA, be on the lookout. They were in Long Beach last week, but there’s not telling where they might be this weekend. Second, this is a good reminder that we should always be aware of who is on our stages, and who is breaking down. 

It’s not that hard to put on some black t-shirts, and wander up on stage right after the service and start taking things off. Depending on the layout of the room, it would be pretty easy to grab a bunch of gear before the real team gets there. 

So it’s a good idea to spread the word to not only your tech teams, but also your band. If the a band member sees someone on stage they don’t recognize, they should start asking questions immediately. Because, as we all know, the band and tech team are all one team—clearly they should know each other!

I plan on raising the point this weekend and the next few with our worship team so everyone knows to be on the lookout for strange faces. Most of us can’t afford to have gear walk off, so keep an eye on your stages this weekend.