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Uptick in Maine robberies prompts CU webinar
PORTLAND, Maine (8/23/11)--An uptick in robberies in Maine has prompted the Maine Credit Union League to provide information and resources for credit unions in the state. Since the first of the year, Maine has had 10 robberies of financial institutions, including five at credit unions, said the league in its newsletter, Weekly Update (Aug. 19). Three holdups took place in the past month. The league is helping credit unions review procedures and take further precautions to ensure staff and members are safe when a robbery occurs. "Thankfully, no one has been injured in any of the robberies, and of course, that is the top priority," said league President John Murphy. "However, when a trend like this happens, it does raise the level of uncertainty and concern, especially with staff." Last year the league held a webinar on robbery procedures and is making it available to its member credit unions at no cost. "Staff education is vital in helping credit unions to respond properly to a robbery, and having that knowledge available for credit union staff to access is an important part of keeping everyone safe," Murphy said. He also noted the league can help credit unions in responding to media inquiries after a robbery incident. The league will also have a live webinar in December. On a broader national scope, the Credit Union National Association has several resources related to robberies at credit unions. Use the links for more information.


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