Personal Security for Travelers

These days being a tourist or business traveler can be hazardous to your health. Terrorist attacks by Radical Islamist terror groups are on the rise in places where westerners congregate, socialize and stay. On 20 November 2015 the upscale Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali was attacked by heavily-armed gunmen who killed 21 guests. On 15 January 2016, a similar assault on the Splendid luxury hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso left 29 guests dead and over 50 […]

Personal Security and the Principle of Detection

Years ago while living in East Africa, I learned an important lesson about the art of observation from an old African game scout.  We were hunting big game – Cape Buffalo – in the legendary plains of southern Tanzania called the Selous.  As my old land rover lurched through mile after mile of dense savannah grass and thorn trees, it all took on a boring “sameness.”  I strained my eyes, looking out across the sea […]

Shopping Malls? Take the Threat Seriously – They Are In the Terrorist Playbook

When it comes to the next terrorist attack, you can bet on one thing: It probably will not happen at the Mall of the Americas, London’s Oxford Street or Canada’s West Edmonton shopping complex. These venues are on high security alert after this weekend’s threat issued by the Al-Qaida affiliated Somali terrorist group Al Shabab. The physical security countermeasures and incident response plans were on full display on all the television networks and they were […]