Your Armed Robbery Prevention Plan
- Dec 4, 2007 - 9:04:36 AM
In my series on 'How Not to Become a Victim of Crime', a plan of action is discussed in detail. However, I received request for actual pointers and recommendations on exactly what should one do. The following recommendations are not guaranteed as every business, home, and persons, may need to modify the list provided to accommodate their various environment.
We shall first look at armed robbery response; this serious crimes as classified by the Royal Bahamas Police Force has even been given its own special team of investigators. The police have targeted it as a key crime for intervention, but have found it difficult to deal with effectively, as recent corruption cases have shown. It is widely reported in the media, and convicted armed robbers receiving long prison sentences...
Crime Reduction Tips for Corporate Security Managers - Part 2
- Nov 20, 2007 - 7:23:52 AM
So now that we have created this state of awareness, and gathered all this information what shall we do. Last week we focused on the need to be aware of our surroundings in an effort to combat criminality, so now what do we do you may ask. Let us compare this sense of awareness with a RADAR, you know the thing used to alert pilots, ship operators of the approach of potential danger.
What a RADAR does is very similar to what I described in last weeks article, it essentially sends out feelers in the form of radio waves which after bouncing off the incoming object enables the person who is monitoring...
Crime Reduction Tips for Corporate Security Managers - Part 1
- Nov 6, 2007 - 9:30:17 AM
What you see is what you believe, and what we are seeing in our society of late is an increase in criminality that has all of us concerned. While the experts may say otherwise, there actions also indicate a situation and environment, that questions even if they even believe what they are saying. But not to jump on the police as they have enough problems, the focus must be on the corporate community which moves a head regardless, as business must go on. This being the case then increased efforts are necessary for the safe delivery of services to customers.
By this time organizational heads should have now strategies their forward movement in regards to this crime situation. A word of caution here, yes it is that time of the year when crime usually increases, a sort of rush to break last years scores. All of us in the corporate arena have become accustomed to it, but we must not allow complacency to over ride caution...
Safe Working Environments: Retail vs. Wholesale
- Oct 16, 2007 - 1:43:43 PM
Is the Bahamian Workplace safe, not just for customers but also the employees? Before we say yes, the following should be considered.
Type of profession
Hours of operation
Cash accessibility and availability
These four factors in my opinion will determine how this question is answered. In to day's society we are seeing a change in attitude and thus tactics...
Who's ….WHO in Security and Loss Prevention?
- Sep 25, 2007 - 8:00:24 AM
There are many players participating in providing loss prevention and security services, the key team member of course in this is you. This point is important as many times the so called expert attempts to persuade you otherwise. When one considers the numerous authorities who presents themselves it is critical to the success of any program whether commercial or residential to know who the participants are and what role they perform. This discourse is an attempt to assist you in better understanding who's who in security.
Recommendations for the Reduction of Crime
- Sep 18, 2007 - 1:30:30 PM
On Friday past the Ministry of national security in response to the current crime trend in our country hosted a National Crime Assembly, which brought together stake holders from the various sectors of our society. This event was well attended and there was no lack of contributions and opinions for the one to digest. Crime is a national problem and there must be a multidisciplinary approach to solving the problem.
First I would like to congratulate the Minister and his Ministry for putting on a successful event, and I encourage their efforts for collaborating with the various stake holders for the solutions to the current crime wave. With this in mind I put forward the following recommendations for your consideration in crime reduction in the Bahamas...
Protecting information while doing business
- Sep 4, 2007 - 5:10:46 PM
Doing business requires putting ones self in the lime light, the positive connotation of this is called marketing or publicity. Your organizations desire to let only the good things be said. Powerful tools when speaking of the companies' products, services, and success stories. We are all bombarded everyday by ads, news stories of how one product or service is better that the next and how company A has experienced a certain percentage of growth during a particular quarter. Via the World Wide Web, especially search engines which in my opinion should be labeled 'How to find anything for Dummies'. Really by typing in key words and phrases you can find out almost anything on any one or there company. Really is this a problem, isn't much of the information a company has is actually intended for public disclosure...
Why the Gated Community?
- Aug 28, 2007 - 8:42:31 AM
Contrary to popular belief, the crime rate is subject to who is counting and who it affects. Thus when the police say crime is under control we must remember the old saying 'a fisherman never calls his fish stink' as a result we should not expect anything but high praise and votes of confidence when it comes to the reporting of crime. However you and I know the numbers do not lie, more so we live around the corner or across the street from that person who was robbed or killed over the weekend. Thus it is with great interest as I observe the continuing debate about urban renewal and community policing, how it deemed to be a success...
Rules of Engagement
- Aug 10, 2007 - 3:24:29 PM
The question put to me from last week submission were quite interesting as some persons agreed while others taught I was out of my mind for suggesting that the old adage 'when your dumb you dangerous' had any truth. Well as always I try not to define criminality without some support for my position, even though from time to time I do go out on a limb and make statement based on my observation and experience.
Poor literacy correlates to high crime
- Jul 31, 2007 - 5:24:51 PM
Further to the discussion stated in Mondays Tribune J. Barrie Farringtion and picked yesterday by Phillip Simon, concerning the educational dilemma facing the nation. It is my suggestion that the spree of violent crime that we now are experience is directly related to the poor academic achievement in our schools. That is to say that there exist a major correlation between poor education and crime.
As if education wasn't important enough to our nation's future and ability to compete in the world, we seem to be ignoring the fact that in terms of dollars and "sense" we are spending millions on putting more and more people in prison while neglecting the very thing that could alleviate the problem...
Eye in the Sky
- Jul 16, 2007 - 11:24:26 AM
The buzz in the industry is cameras, that is CCTV or surveillance systems. We have the seen interest with the installation of cameras in downtown Nassau , in an effort to monitor crime in this area. Not a new concept in fact one that has been tested and tried in numerous jurisdictions. One recent attempt is
Chelsea, Massachusetts , just north of Boston , which has invested in quarter million 27 camera system, with the hopes of this system cutting the crime rate....
Access Control and You
- Jun 17, 2007 - 5:09:25 PM
Access control a critical component in any security operation, has in the last few weeks received a lot of attention. We have seen our Ministry of Transport and National Security join forces to ensure that our ports of entry meet and hopefully exceed international expectations. By gaining an understanding of the key concepts of access control , which embodies such things as...
What you can do to reduce loss and increase employee moral
- Jun 13, 2007 - 5:32:53 PM
A deeply rooted fallacy among business managers is that security 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...