Crime Prevention: Protecting the Church’s Assets - William Carcara
The financial assets of a church transcend the actual monetary value of those assets. Offerings
by church members represent a tangible trust between the congregation and the church. When those funds are misused, stolen, misappropriated or not utilized for the intended purpose, emotional repercussions frequently occur. This can cause the member’s departure from the church body, ministers and staff being investigated, negative publicity for the church and ultimately a damaged reputation.
Cash management begins with the collection of donations from the congregation and concludes with the funds being used for their intended purpose. The first step in developing a financial security policy is to identify how money should be collected, counted, deposited, reported, and audited. Each phase of this process is equally important since each represents an opportunity for theft or misappropriation.
Target Hardening: Physical Security for Churches - William Carcara and Michael Simpson
“Target Hardening” refers to the strengthening of the security of an individual premise with the goal of reducing or minimizing potential criminal attack, risks, or vulnerabilities. The concept of target hardening does not necessarily imply a fortress or bunker mentality. Simply put, the idea of target hardening is that a strong, visible defense will deter or delay a criminal attack. Target hardening is a means to reduce the opportunity of criminal attack by increasing the effort that a criminal must exert to accomplish his or her goal. The more effort that is expended, the greatertheriskandthegreaterthechancethatthecriminalwillbeapprehended Criminals seek easy targets which minimizes the likelihood of being detected or caught. The more difficult the target, the more likely a potential burglar or thief will pick another property to attack.
Bio: William Carcara
William Carcara is a 30 year law enforcement veteran who retired in 2002 as the Chief of Police of the Jefferson County (KY) Police Department. Before initiating Crime Prevention Training Concepts, Colonel Carcara served as the Assistant Director of the American Crime Prevention Institute (ACPI) for three years.
While the ACPI’s Assistant Director, Colonel Carcara earned the American Society for Industrial Security’s prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) status and initiated and developed ACPI’s church security project. Colonel Carcara has instructed hundreds of law enforcement and church leaders throughout the United States and Canada about the various issues surrounding church crime prevention.
Colonel Carcara has been a guest speaker at the Texas Crime Prevention Officers Association Annual Conference, the Kentucky Crime Prevention Officers Conference, and the National Crime Prevention Council’s National Conference. Colonel Carcara, along with Lt. Colonel Troy Riggs, co-authored an article entitled “What Exactly is Suspicious Behavior” that was published in the winter 2009 edition of the National Association of Church Business Administrators periodical.
Colonel Carcara has a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy