Travel Security: Keeping it in Perspective

The dramatic disappearance and murder of US solo tourist Sarai Sierra in Istanbul and the recent gang rape of a Swiss female tourist in India have brought attention to the darker side of travel.  In the wake of these incidents, in particular the Sarai Sierra case there were numerous ill-informed comments by columnists and bloggers…

The Insider Threat & Risk of Kidnapping

This is excerpted from the Integrated Protective Concepts book Kidnapping Prevention & Avoidance. Without a doubt the greatest threat you are likely to potentially encounter is the insider threat. Numerous kidnapping cases throughout the world have involved a person close to the victim or with inside knowledge of the victim’s activities and routine facilitating the…

The Gang of Blondes – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Looks can be deceiving and more than one person has fallen victim to becoming complacent because a person they were dealing with turned out to be more dangerous than they initially appeared. A great example of this is the “Gang of Blondes” (Gangue das Loiras) a female kidnapping ring that was believed to be responsible…

Cultural Awareness – the Security Dimension

Being culturally aware is important for anyone traveling abroad or conducting international business.  It’s important to recognize that not everyone around the world sees things the way we do and understanding others’ perspectives and customs will allow us to better relate and avoid inadvertently offending someone. Noted cultural trainer Dean Foster recently wrote a piece…

3 Neglected Skillsets for Security

Today we are going to venture a little bit into the realm of corporate security.  I realize that many readers may not be as interested in this area and are focused more on individual protection.  No need to worry as two of the skillsets we are going to discuss are also very applicable to personal…

Suspicious Signs — Recognizing Pre-Attack Indicators

In the past we have discussed the importance of pre-incident indicators with regard to detecting surveillance and other activities.  It’s also important to recognize when an incident such as an assault, robbery or other violent crime may be about to unfold.   Even crimes with a short or compressed operational cycle give off some pre-incident signs….

Situational Awareness and Being Present

We have frequently emphasized the importance of situational awareness as the key component of personal security whether at home or overseas.  We have discussed various levels of awareness and discussed when to raise our level of awareness such as during arrivals and departures, when entering known danger areas and so forth.  It’s also important to…

Combat Sports, Traditional Martial Arts & Defense

While we generally limit our discussion of hard skills, as mentioned previously there are some subjects that need to be addressed and building on our discussion of combatives we are going to discuss the relationship between combat sports, traditional martial arts and functional self defense skills. First off this is a contentious and controversial subject. …