Predicting Violence in Public Venues

27 September in Corporate Security, Crisis Response, Personal Safety, Travel Safety

News reports in the aftermath of an incident involving extreme violence frequently quote victims and witnesses as saying things like “it came out of nowhere”, or “he just snapped”, or “he seemed like such a nice guy, I never would believe he could do it”.    All are common quotes and all are likely incorrect.  While specific incidents of violence can never be entirely predictable, the capacity for violence is often entirely predictable.  When situations are predictable, they are preventable. In the recent tragic case of the...

The Vulnerability of Attack: Surveillance—the Common Denominator

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Corporate Security, Personal Safety, Protective Services, Travel Safety

Ever wonder why criminals are often so successful at their trade? There are a number of reasons, but one stands out above all others—they watch and plan their attack at your most vulnerable moment.  They conduct surveillance on their targets. Here are a few things to consider to help you prevent a potential attack. Surveillance precedes attack. A kidnapper abducts a business traveler in a foreign country; an attacker sexually assaults a female runner on an isolated jogging trail, and a tractor-trailer load of electronics is...

Vehicular Safety Tips In Mexico—for High Level Protectees and Vacationers

27 September in Corporate Security, Personal Safety, Travel Safety

12 Safety Tips to Note Travel to certain regions of Mexico is risky– even with a full-blown protection detail. Whether you are traveling to Mexico for vacation or business, with or without protection, here are a few critical safety tips that might help prevent an attack or help you avoid catastrophe under attack. Do not rent or utilize cars with running boards or luggage racks. These are holding straps for would-be attackers. Running boards allow them to stand alongside the vehicle and hang on to a side...

Identifying Risk in Your Supply Chain

27 September in Tip of the Week

“Cargo at Rest is Cargo at Risk” is a mantra of supply chain security experts everywhere and highlights the risk your cargo is exposed to as it moves from point to point in your supply chain.  This simple saying accurately identifies the weakest point in many supply chains – the point at which finished goods leave the manufacturing facility or warehouse enroot to the customer. It is important to ask: when was the last time you conducted an all-encompassing study of your supply chain security...

For Executive Protection Professionals: Tips for Medical Facility Advance & Understanding Trauma Level Ratings

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Crisis Response

Advance work is one of the most critical pieces to a protection operation, if not the most critical piece short of covering and evacuating a Protectee from a threat. With the notion of reducing risk and minimizing threat, Executive Protection professionals deploy to locations all over the world to make best-laid plans in preparation of the Protectee’s arrival. Identifying suitable medical facilities is one of the key responsibilities of the Advance. There are a number of ways to approach a medical facilities advance. However, a primary piece...

Steps to an Effective Workplace Violence Prevention Program

06 September in Corporate Security, Security Consulting, Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can occur in any environment—in any size company.  Effective prevention is achieved through a systematic approach to the problem. Defining Workplace Violence At the core of an effective program is a solid definition of what is considered workplace violence. Defining workplace violence gives the company a solid underpinning for actions taken against acts of workplace violence and an effective defense to legal challenges arising from workplace disciplinary actions. Rampart Group recommends defining workplace violence as “any acts of harassment, intimidation, threats or violence”. The Importance of...