Security Consultant, Ben Hockman, shares tips on breaking the communication barrier when operating in foreign countries where the locals do not speak your native language. Specifically, the advantages he experienced, having Spanish language skills while working on an assignment in Colombia.
Have you planned out a safe secure route for yourself and what you hope to accomplish? Have you made a plan that shows where you are going and how you are going to get there?
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.
There is no better feeling than to get ‘the call’ and you be able to say, “I’m prepared to move when you are”. You’re not “ready” because you took an Executive Protection course, or because you did a detail last week, you’re “ready” because you’re constantly prepared and stay that way and able to provide services at any moment. Follow these tips to help you remain alert and ready at all times.
Mission Creep Mission creep [definition]: Gradual increase in scope: a tendency of military operations in foreign countries to increase gradually in scope and demand further commitment of personnel and resources as the situation develops. We can all agree that there is a certain level of customer service that is needed to maintain client/protectee satisfaction. We […]
What are the Characteristics of a Good Bodyguard? There are many different reasons why different people may want to employ a bodyguard, it may be a celebrity wanting to look good who employs a BG as an “image thing” or it may be someone whom has a genuine threat against themselves or their family. […]
A Day in the Life: Assisting On a Protection Assignment You are at home getting some rest, and your cell phone rings. It’s the call you have been waiting for. The Team Leader on a Protective Security Detail is telling you they need last minute assistance to provide security for a well known recording […]
Working in the Maritime Security (MARSEC) Industry By Kevin ‘Knocker’ Whyte Maritime Security has become the new ‘Must Enter’ sector of the security industry, with long established MARSEC companies and new start-ups alike, picking up manpower intensive contracts to provide Armed and Unarmed security services on board vessels transiting High Risk areas, such as the Gulf […]
Avoid the most common mistakes, follow the golden rules and perfect the softer skills of Close Protection
Sometimes, close protection agents have a tendency to define themselves based on the status of their Principal. However, it’s worth remembering that working with a VIP doesn’t make you one!