From schools to government buildings, places all over the country have beefed up security. Now, local authorities want to expand the trend to places of worship.
"We understand the risk is minimal, but at the same time, churches are soft targets," Capt. Scott Frank, Wood County Sheriff's Office said.
That's why the office has planned special training sessions.
"They don't have prevention in place and this is not an issue they receive a lot of help with," Capt. Frank said. "We want to give them some important training."
The first session is geared toward those in ministry leadership. The session will focus on building a safety plan, forming a safety team and gathering intelligence.
The second session is designed for people who carry out day-to-day responsibilities. The focus here will be response to disruptive people and active shooter scenarios, among other things.
"It's a sign of the times, so it's good to be proactive," Cherrefe Kadri, Board President of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo said.
One year ago, Randy Linn intentionally set a fire at the mosque. Although, security has been upgraded since then, Kadri says extra training is always a good thing.
"I wish we hadn't had to go through it, but we did," she said.
Jonathon Rhinehart has also reporter crime at his church.
He's the pastor of Praise Chapel in North Baltimore. In late August a man allegedly broke in and tried to set the building on fire.
Damage was minimal, but Pastor Rhinehart hopes new training will help he and his congregation recognize when something isn't right.
"Have everybody educated because these things happen," he said.
In order to take part in the training you MUST register by calling 419-354-9384 or visiting the Wood County Sheriff's Office website.
Both sessions are November 16th at Dayspring Church, 17360 North Dixie Highway in Bowling Green.