Thousands of Euros in Damage Caused by Rocks Thrown at Church Windows
Date of incident: November 13, 2018
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
On four afternoons in a row, between November 13th and November 17th, unknown perpetrators threw rocks at the stained glass windows of the church of St. Stephanus in Grevenbroich-Elsen. "In total there are 27 holes up to a diameter of ten centimeters and cracks [in the windows]," according to Gerd Reibel, Deputy Chairman of the Church Council. "We estimate the total amount of the damage to be between 3,000 and 4,000 euros," he said. The parish filed a police complaint.
Since the damage occurred in the afternoon, "we assume that the perpetrators are young people who are on their way after the end of school," said Reibel. But, he emphasized the seriousness of the damage: "This is not a stupid-boy prank. During the weekend service, no one had any sympathy for such actions."
The parish considered further security measures: "We are considering whether we can protect the panes of the church windows in the future with wire mesh or a close-meshed net... [and] whether we should install video surveillance for the church environment."