Crime Reduction Plan: The Future of The Bahamas (Part 1)
- Jan 5, 2011 - 1:57:25 PM
we enter 2011 let it bring to us and all of our families all peace,
good health, and prosperity, if only in your mind. 2010 has been for all
of us very trying and frightening as we continue to watch as our country
spirals down this path of destruction. It seems that we are helpless to
do anything about it as we see scheme after scheme fail. Not one to live
in the past as there is very little that can be done to change the
past. Never the less it is to the past that we must look for lessons
learned in order to reduce our repetition of the same strategic and tactical
errors. We must look positively to the future; as it is always
what we make it, and this is a conclusion that I came to many years ago.
With that said I am confident that as the norm many challenges will come
our way, so at minimum, one should be mentally prepared to face these
How Long Before We Realize the Emergency?
- Dec 15, 2010 - 9:20:24 AM
There are distinct
differences between emergencies, crisis, and disasters, despite our
tendency to use the 3 social disorders synonymously. The crisis and
disaster being the ill handling or ignoring of an emergency event. The
various schools of disaster and continuity management differ in
established parameters, but agree that they are different. ‘Joe Public
or Private’, by experience or just gut feeling determines an emergency,
not the authorities be they the police or government. The latter are
responsible to respond and solve the emergency. For example ‘919 / 911’
is established so that Joe Public or Private can advise that there is a
Survival and Personnel Protection Strategies
- Dec 8, 2010 - 10:44:30 AM
The High Crime Rate has all of us concerned about our safety and well
being, it seems hopeless! Your staff / membership is not immune to
these troubling times. However we must not allow the current trend of
events cause panic and insecurity, thus we must develop strategy and
tactics that increase our chances of survival. The methods discussed
here are real and do not attempt to be politically correct, the key aim
is to educate participants in whats happening in our society and present
effective and efficient ways to survive the encounter.
over 25 years martial arts experience, and more than 15 of these years
as the lead instructor of police orientated self defence skills for the
Royal Bahamas Police Force...
Focus on The Beginning, not The End
- May 19, 2010 - 3:33:07 PM
Admittedly I would be
the first to
advocate for changes in laws and how the courts are administrated.
It is an obvious overwhelming situation at the courts for all those
concerned. Daily I see the torrent of participants from police, to
attorneys, witnesses, defendants, and of course, the ever-present
spectators who flood the Bank Lane and Nassau Street area. It appears
that only persons benefiting from this are the local eateries that
thrive off of the reliable traffic of persons.
Never the less, this
is not where
the problem lies with crime in our country, as the appearance of these
various players is the end result of a crime that has already been
committed. Thus in my opinion it is not best place to begin to
remedy and change our crime situation. I venture to say that the courts
are not even a short
term solution to crime prevention as they have nothing to do with the
Crime Analysis 101
- May 4, 2010 - 5:11:13 PM
Have you ever
wondered why some stores are selected and others are not when it comes
robbery and stealing? Maybe it is random selection,? I think not. You
and your business have been targeted and for the most part, your actions
or in-actions create on a daily basis opportunity for criminals to steal
and commit robbery. It may be a harsh pill to swallow but really the
blame for your business being targeted and robbed is partially your
On numerous occasion
we here the police giving tips on how to set
up your store or business, where to place the cash register, limiting
the amount of cash that is on site or reducing the amount of
advertisement covering the windows. Unfortunately this advice goes in
one ear and out the other for the sake of increasing the potential for a
sale and making the shopping experience more convenient...
Assessing Your Security Guard and Security Provider
- Feb 24, 2010 - 4:34:19 PM
entering many businesses today the first and last person we see is the
security officer, thus like it or not, the security person is the first
and last impression of your organization.
the Bahamas, like other places in the world, the security guard is
usually not the first option of a career for the individual filling that role. The
career of security guard is rarely seen at the top of the list when
teenagers are asked what they aspire to be.
resort thus makes the selection pool shallow to say the least.
On the other end of the spectrum you find that many of these roles are
filled with retired or former police officers.
persons are usually, for the most part, very reactive in their approach
to security, resulting from years of training as police officers.
are usually a grim reminder that policing and security are similar
professions but very different in their attempt to reduce loss. In fact
policing is concerned more with recovery of loss or the discovery of
causation factors whereas security focus is on retention and prevention
Self Defence vs. Vigilantism
- Dec 16, 2009 - 11:55:48 AM
When does one lose the right to defend themselves or as a matter
of fact the life of another? The answer is 'NEVER', When is your life
in danger or the life of another..., their are 2 answers to this one.
The first being at the moment you feel that your life is in danger,
during this period only you can make that decision, no one else. No law
can be formed our voted to determine this life or death experience. It
is hoped that you are rational enough and emotionally sound to be able
to know the difference. The second answer is determined by a court, not
even the police can make this determination only the court who will
listen to the facts as you present them and the opinion of the so
called experts police, doctors, and witness etc.
Self Defence is the immediate if you do not something you will die
situation, where as vigilantism is the lets go find them and get them
situation, very different indeed...
The Fraud Partnership - ‘The Role You Play’
- Oct 27, 2009 - 11:00:55 PM
fraud to be successful, you need two co-operating parties, the
fraudster and the willing victim. This was brought to my attention
recently when we were called regarding money stolen from an
investment group. The amount lost was quite substantial, even though
the amount to be invested was small. It may appear to be impossible to
lose a lot of money with conservative investments; it is not
necessarily the case.
manager of the investment said he was outraged at the loss, and
insisted that he would oversee recovering the missing funds. Not a very
good idea considering that it is inappropriate to have someone who
might reasonably be suspected of causing the loss to be allowed to
conduct the investigation. If the potential suspect is a bad guy it
gives him a better chance of covering his tracks and getting away with
it. If he is innocent and the money is not recovered, it unnecessarily
leaves a suspicion that he might have been involved...
Youth : Crime Stops and Begins with Them
- Sep 29, 2009 - 9:04:03 PM
Sunday past saw my
daughter and I at the launch of this years Junior Achievement Program.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the ballroom at the British Colonial
Hilton filled to capacity with parents and students alike. On a Sunday
afternoon, to see that many young people out and most importantly
supported by their parents is critical to development of a successful
Bahamas. Investing in our future is good business practice, it ensure
continuity of culture and nationhood. It in my opinion instills ethics,
discipline and quality assurance necessary to succeed in today’s global
environment. Kudos the numerous corporate sponsors represented, who
have invested in young people. The BTC, BEC, Deloitte and Touche, and
the Police Staff Association, just to name a few.
standing room only turnout was a pleasant reminder that all is not
lost, despite the bombardment of negative news, we must be reminded
that these horrific stories that have filled our headlines...
Loss and Crime is Relative
- Sep 22, 2009 - 3:38:42 PM
During a self defense training session this morning I had to deal with a recruit who we will call Jeff. Now Jeff was stronger and more aggressive than his partner who we will call Peter. As the various drills were given out I observed how Jeff would throw and toss Peter around the floor as if he was a rag doll. On the other hand the when the rolls were switched unexpectedly the rough and aggressive response was not given. Jeff’s action became more aggressive to the point where I had to step in and admonish him, about his action, which in my opinion equated to abuse.
However in Jeff’s opinion he was not doing anything wrong, as he felt that he was in control and stressed the fact that Peter was doing the same thing. Jeff’s perspective is what he operated on, thus he made a decision to act accordingly...
Gaming and the Times
- May 8, 2009 - 10:53:58 PM
So here we go again another attempt by the Royal Bahamas Police Force to 'fight crime', where the police make sure we are safe and secure. An as no surprise the community lashes out at these brave crime fighters because they have dared to touch a national pass time. I remember a time when blockade running and drug running was a national pass time, times have changed or have they.
The word of the day is 'selective enforcement' a method of policing our police force is very good at. Selective enforcement is when a police force decides to enforce certain crimes at different periods, a type of seasonal approach to policing. Yes a questionable approach some may say but never the less when on considers resources, at different times of the year certain crimes may be more prevalent than others, or at different times the risk of apprehension and detection is greater; selective enforcement is not such a bad strategy...
Safety vs. Lawlessness
- May 6, 2009 - 4:51:48 PM
Star Date 03 05 point 09, yes I am a TREKYY! Never the less it was a beautiful Sunday past, a little work and play made quite the evening. This drive made me wonder is our lovely little island of New Providence safe or is it just lawless. Whats the difference you may ask well the reliable Webster defines
‘Safe’ 1: free from harm or risk: 2: secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss
Lawless 1: not regulated by or based on law 2 : not restrained or controlled by law
This was my debate back and forth with myself as I drove from the Carmichael area in to Coral Harbor on to Adelaide Road, on to the New Albany divide passing by this time a NPDCo Security Patrol way to Mr. Gibson. Then it hit me I have not seen any police patrols. So I continue my drive, passing Clifton Prier and the Clifton Heritage Site, Jaws Beach, Lyford Cay, still no police...
Hurricane Preparedness - Managing the Storm in All of Us
- Sep 16, 2008 - 3:47:33 PM
Just as 9/11 created a quantum leap for the physical and access control components of security, so too have recent hurricanes like, Katrina, Rita, and Ike. These have caused a jump forward with regard to emergency, crisis, and disaster management elements of loss prevention. So now out of this chaos we must first and foremost review our plan. What elements have now become obsolete and irrelevant to preparedness, response, and recovery effort?
Additionally, a critical element which is sometimes overlooked is the awareness / education phase of the plan. This is especially important to professions like health care, where the workplace must be manned regardless of what happens. Persons working in similar industries cannot just close up shop until the storm passes. Education and awareness of what you may ask..?
Protecting our Assets
- Jul 29, 2008 - 9:35:11 AM
As the Romans conquered the known world one critical element continued to follow them as they expanded their territories, the ability to retain and secure their newly acquired assets. It is a widely agreed upon fact that new acquisitions demand investment into securing them. The
continued growing involvement in the tourist industry can be compared to the acquisition of new territories like the Romas gained as they progressed central and southern
even into Northern
. Even tough today we face different challenges the principals remain the same.
Before we continue it must be emphasized that in this investigation Preventatives Measures position is Loss Prevention issues and solutions, which for us equates to Asset Protection also known as security. Crime and Terrorism are the loss agent as it pertains to this series of articles. The asset being protected is the
remaining a viable tourist destination, inclusive of investor (internal and external) interest...
Has theft become 'normal' and honesty become 'abnormal'?
- Feb 19, 2008 - 9:10:07 AM
Is crime out of control or are we as citizenry able to manage this problem? The first few weeks of 2008 as it pertains to crime may lead us to believe otherwise. As mentioned a few weeks ago we have seen a major upheaval in the amount of criminal activity. The police really have there hands full.
But really, is crime a police problem? Take for example the repair man be he a plumber or mechanic, does the fact that your septic tank has backed up or your car being unable to start really the problem of the fix-it-guy. When we consider it the issue may have been transferred to the police but crime is really our problem...
How Should the Police "Police"?
- Feb 12, 2008 - 7:52:05 PM
Last week I said let the police do the policing. Easier said than done especially if a clear understanding of policing is not made. As with any concept when coming to the Bahamas, it becomes Bahamian, because it is developed, managed and maintained here. We must however be very careful as mentioned last week not to 'copy' and 'paste' the idea, then attempt to publish it without the necessary editing and corrections. I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel, but I also realize that one wheel does not fit every car...
The Community 'Policing Themselves'
- Feb 5, 2008 - 4:37:21 PM
If you recall I stated in previous writings that our approach to community policing was a failure, now based on the numbers released yesterday it is as I said, 'painfully obvious'. The 5 years of the Urban Renewal has demonstrated and proven that Community Policing as we have chosen to implement it cannot and will not work. So what if the initiative received international acclaim, it is not working. I recall the announced visiting of the health department of a restaurant I worked at, the entire day and night before was dedicated to cleaning of the kitchen and eating area. We passed the inspection.
In my opinion we have taken pieces and parts of a puzzle and run off with them, without not fully understanding how they work in the first instance and secondly how they work in our environment and culture. The Community Policing concept has its contemporary roots with the New York City Police Department in 1994 and is from this management concept where many policing strategies including COMPS TAT, came from...
- Jan 9, 2008 - 6:56:21 AM
It pains me that our society is so laid back and nonchalant, worse is our dependency on studies, research, and committee. In other words we like to waste time, because we are not in a rush. This relaxed attitude has festered a complacency and attitude of blamism or passing the buck. Government after government blames the other, the church blames the government, and the police blame the courts. Is there no man or woman in the country who wants take responsibility? It is not my problem, or do not get involved. That is why in my opinion crime is at the levels it is. We refuse to be our brother's keeper; we have refused to be the help, because we are too concerned about ourselves. Unless we get of our butts and knees for a matter of fact and take action, all of us Bahamian and Tourist alike from Abaco to Inagua will suffer...
What Makes a Company Vulnerable to Theft and Fraud
- Dec 18, 2007 - 4:40:39 PM
A deeply rooted fallacy among business managers is that security or loss prevention begins and ends with the security officer at the gate or entrance. These mangers feel that security is the responsibility of the uniformed security service, and any losses can be attributed to performance failures on the part of the security staff rather than the administrative or operating departments. This is very far from the truth as the assets protection department has no responsibility for audit of the internal control systems and is usually only brought into the picture after major loss event has already occurred. Theft investigation may be less productive as various groups unite to protect their own interests. Even though some employees may face the corporate equivalent of capital punishment, which is termination of employment the underlying conditions which led to the dishonest acts will remain...
Armed Robbery Response - tips on what to do during and after a robbery
- Dec 11, 2007 - 1:06:17 AM
Last week our discussion focused around steps to minimize the threat of armed robbery. This week I will suggest methods to assist in you and your staff actually surviving the event.
Firstly it must be stated that no amount of money is worth the risk of personal injury or death. Victims of armed robberies commonly experience physical and emotional problems following the incident. Many of these persons subsequently experience complaints such as chronic nervousness, insomnia, nightmares and headaches, coupled with emotional disorders such as greater aggressiveness, moodiness, depression and a general distrust of others. The emotional disorders tend to last longer then the physical disorders.
Enclosed are tips on how to handle an armed robbery, preserve the crime scene, and how to report details to the authorities afterward...