Security Assessments: The How & Why

If you are responsible for the security of your bank, it is imperative that you conduct periodic security assessments. These evaluations are a vital part of your security program and will help you identify weaknesses in your facilities, your policies, and your procedures. Join us for this valuable webinar that will tell you how to conduct your assessments, how often, and what things can make your office a likely target for robbers and other criminals. We will discuss branch design features that put you and your customers at greater risk and best practices for eliminating these issues. The use of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) will be discussed as well. Applying this philosophy can lead to a reduction in the fear and actual occurrence of crime and can make your office a less attractive target. Using photographs and examples to illustrate, we will look at effective uses of lighting and landscaping as well.

Recorded Wednesday,
April 26th, 2023
Presented by Carol Dodgen
1h 30m total length
$279.00 or 1 Token

Includes: 30 Days OnDemand Playback, Presenter Materials and Handouts

  • Risk Management/Legal
  • Technology/Security
  • Bank Legal Counsel
  • Branch Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Security Officer
  • Senior Management
  • Trainer

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Every financial institution should conduct a comprehensive security review at least annually. The purpose of the review is to identify conditions that may result in a loss or legal action tomorrow or thirty years from now. The review simply targets a bank’s “loss potential” using a standardized, practical, and cost-effective methodology for analyzing the condition and contributions of the security function. It is also used for identifying the financial institution’s “windows of opportunity” for loss from all sources. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a method of using the built environment and natural elements to make a space safer and more inviting to customers while helping to deter criminals from selecting a particular target. These principles are extremely useful when applied to financial institutions. These principles will be woven into the discussion of how to conduct your security assessments, and participants will learn how to application of them can make them a less attractive target.

What You'll Learn

  • How to conduct your assessment
  • How often to conduct
  • Good lighting vs bad lighting
  • Branch design features to avoid
  • Using landscaping to your advantage
  • Physical security measures to reduce your risk
  • Altering behavior by changing the environment
  • Thinking like a criminal

Who Should Attend

Anyone whose responsibilities include physical security.

Carol Dodgen

Instructor Bio

Carol Dodgen is the owner of Dodgen Security Consulting. Since 1998, her company has been providing services for businesses, financial institutions, and government entities to include training, ATM lighting inspections, and security assessments. Before forming her company, Carol served as the security training officer for Compass Bank. She earned her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and spent several years as an adjunct criminal justice instructor. Carol is a nationally recognized speaker who has provided training for over 100,000 corporate, manufacturing, utility, law enforcement, and security personnel over the past 26 years. Carol earned her CPD (Crime Prevention Designation) and provides instruction on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Workplace Violence Prevention and Response, Robbery Prevention and Response, and Personal Safety. Carol has recently produced several video and e-learning training programs.

In 2009, Carol was appointed by the governor to serve on the newly formed Alabama Security Regulatory Board and served for 6 years as vice-chair of this board which regulates the security guard industry in the state.