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Course description

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 in the future. 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.   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.  CPTED principles are extremely useful when applied to financial institutions.  These tenets will be woven into the discussion of how to conduct your security assessments, and participants will learn how the application of them can make their office a less attractive target for criminals.

Session highlights:

How to conduct your assessment

How often assessments should be conducted

Good lighting vs bad lighting

Branch design features to avoid

Solutions to faulty designs

Using landscaping to your advantage

Physical security measures to reduce your risk

Altering behavior by changing the environment

Thinking like a criminal


Carol Dodgen

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

Course curriculum

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    • Access Webinar

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    • Slides

    • Questions and Answers


5 star rating

I thought the title of the webinar was spot on

Cheryl Smith

Carol did a great job at explaining the how's and why's and needs for the assessments

Carol did a great job at explaining the how's and why's and needs for the assessments

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Security Assessments

Ana Alvarez

Excellent presentation and documentation provided.

Excellent presentation and documentation provided.

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