So let me set the stage of this edition of Keeping Your Edge: it’s day 26 of a 30 day musical tour, and I’m currently writing this column in the front lounge of a 38’ Tour Bus. This particular bus has a fully functioning recording studio in the rear, and the THUMP, THUMP, THUMP of […]
“Assassination of royalty was a common event and it was a customary thing for kings to have bodyguards sleep in their bed. King Henry VIII of England (known to have had six wives) routinely slept with bodyguards in the royal bed. King James survived two kidnappings and four violent attempts on his life. Such experiences […]
Do you know what you are? An independent contractor, part-time employee, sole proprietorship, etc. Do you know what your insurance requirements are?
When someone asks, “what do you do for a living”? Do you say, I’m a “Bodyguard” or you’re an Executive Protection Specialist? What’s in a name?
Placing up security cameras can be a legal battlefield if you’re proven to be violating the law. Here are the things you need to know legally when considering the placement of residential security systems around a property
The Judgement Index is a value-based analysis of judgement capacity, behaviour and stability; it is very abstract in its methodology yet highly accurate.
In 1920 the 18th amendment was passed marking the start of prohibition and the rise of protection teams. Will we see a repeat of that trend with protection for marijuana?
Protecting War Correspondents is a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, you’re there to protect them from harm, and on the other, you’re paid to guide them into the most dangerous places on earth – often single-handedly.
When considering the threat to a principal, the most significant are likely to occur while in transit. Additionally, the majority of incidents on protected individuals occur in, or within close proximity to, their vehicle. Therefore, vehicle security is paramount and should be heavily reflected in your training hours, research and protective intelligence.
We need to understand several things in order to make the relationship between protector and venue security a success. We need to know who we are connecting with, what their mindset is and what their purpose is. We need to know how to connect with them, how we can get them to do what it is that we desire and how to get them on the same page, OUR page.
Managing the Green Room means creating an environment where the principals are able to prepare, relax, and focus on providing whatever entertainment has brought them to that specific venue.
Fans are the lifeblood of the entertainment industry but how important are they? What drives a fan to be faithful to a certain artist, band, or group? How does the fan contribute to the overall successes of artists? And more importantly, how well do you as a protector understand the dynamics of a fan to keep your client safe?
Tour Security is often thought of as a rather niche and unique area of security protection. Using the format of a question and answer session, Miguel DeCoste will venture to answer ‘what is tour security’ and how does it differ from other forms of security provision.
Cyber risk security is becoming more common due to the advanced technology which daily continues to improve our already comfortable lives. We are undoubtedly living in a new era of constantly-evolving threats, which force us to re-think our defence plan. The old idea of being able to protect your data behind a wall, and block all ‘bad’ influences, is over.
There was a time when a church was a safe place…literally a place of sanctuary. This, however, is no longer the case. In fact, statistics show that more people have been killed churches in the last 15 years than in schools. Church security is becoming more necessary both from a business standpoint as well as a safety standpoint.
With attacks taking place in areas where large volumes of the public are gathered – be it on a public transport network, going about their daily lives in a big city, or attending a high-profile event, we live in a society where security is continually being challenged.
Goals are the broad intentions that define what you want. Objectives are the specific tasks that define the steps needed to achieve your goals. Goals and objectives are like a roadmap. Together they clearly define where you are going to end up, and how you are going to get there. You should use objectives as steps to attain your goals.
8 Things to Remember As the designated protection you may have to create a plan for taking a domestic client abroad. If so, here are 8 things to consider before you set off. 1.The Advance: In some third world countries, the advance can be more challenging to effectively execute; that said, never go on […]
What is it with hurricanes and journalists behaving irresponsibly in such extreme conditions? As a security advisor to media teams, I can hardly believe my eyes. Understandably, a lot of pressure comes from TV bosses, sat in warm, safe studios who want to compete with other network providers by having their employees take needless risks, but it’s time for individuals to take responsibility for their own safety and set an example to younger ‘green’ journalists entering the profession.
What can you do to improve your travel security when away on an international business trip? There are many simple steps that you can take to aid your safety and by being aware of these you can greatly increase your chances of returning without serious incident. Adhere to these travel security tips to reduce the likelihood of an incident.