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Give your Principal an effective security brief for when you are not there. Security tips for the home, office and when on the road.
Your Principal employs you so that he can hand over the responsibility for his security to you. It is important therefore that the Principal is made aware of the first principle of personal security. It does not matter how much he pays you or how well you do your job. He is still ultimately responsible for his own security. He should be encouraged to mention anything at all that he feels will have an impact, however slight, on the security operation. In addition the Principal’s family needs the same advice to stay safe. Some Principals will welcome your security briefing other will not. However it is unprofessional not to offer it.
There are very many users of Bodyguards who do not have the protection with them 24/7. Some users may stand their security down when they are at work, others stand the Bodyguard down in the evening when they home “safe” and can rely on the security provided by the Resident Security Team. Many Principals often carry out business and social functions with out their protection team; this will almost always be against the advice of the Bodyguard. This is often the case when the Principal feels that the protection team will get in the way. This is especially so when it comes to the early stages of sexual relationships when many Principals are guilty of sneaking off without their protection team.
In situations like this it is worth reminding the Principal that you can make the profile very low or even drop it completely out of sight while still providing adequate protection. Your advice and assistance may be accepted or rejected out of hand, but as a professional you have a duty to at least offer it. The best way to protect the Principal even when you are not there is to ensure that you instruct him on some basic security procedures and encourage him to follow them.
General Security Briefing
The Principal must understand that a period of surveillance will always precede a planned attack. He is to look for surveillance and should tell you of anything suspicious, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
- The Principal should be informed of the most effective means of contacting the Bodyguard. Pre-programming phone numbers into the Principals of phone so that he can operate the speed dial is to be recommended. But the Bodyguard’s number on ‘speed dial 9’
- Establish a duress code, this code will let you know if something is wrong.
- Never travel to the same place twice at the same time. Vary the timings of regular journeys as well as the route taken is much as possible.
- He should not be predictable using the same car parking bay or newsagent can be very dangerous
- Use different vehicles whenever possible, swap their use randomly.
- Use a strict need to know policy with regard to the travel arrangements. Encourage the Principal to make his own travel arrangements or only use a trusted employee.
- Sign up the Principals mobile phone for tracking. Don’t forget to do the same for the spouse and children.
- Your Principal needs to be aware that information in ‘Who’s Who’ or ‘Debretts Peerage’ should not any include personal information that could be of use to any criminal or terrorist.
- You must educate your Principal to always choose meeting locations himself especially when meeting strangers, or persons, he does not know very well.
- Impress upon your Principal the importance of being unpredictable. Having a favourite table in the hotel coffee lounge or restaurant makes it much easier to locate you, or record your conversations.
- If your Principal is rich and famous, then many people will recognise them in the street. But if they are just rich they should restrict the number of photographs in the public domain. Some of the richest people in the world go unrecognised because they very sensibly restrict the issue of photographs as much as possible.
On the road
Whenever the Principal drives without a Bodyguard or an escort section then he should be educated to do so safely. This can be difficult task because while some people will let you get away with insulting their spouse or mother. All people, male or female will hate you if you insult their car or question their driving ability!
- When entering the vehicle the Principal should always have his keys in hand and ready for use.
- After entering vehicle immediately lock the doors. Do this before anything else.
- Avoid driving at night whenever possible. Ambushes and attacks are so much easier to facilitate under the cover of darkness.
- Make sure the Principal understands the 2/30 rule
- Always keep plenty of distance between him and the vehicle in front. This is applicable when moving as well as being stationary. You should always have enough room to stop or to evade the vehicle in front.
- If something is not right with the vehicle, as long as you can still drive; continue to a place of safety before you investigate what is wrong. Run-flat tires should always be fitted
- Whenever possible the Principal should change vehicles. Using pool cars is to be encouraged. The more nondescript the car is the better.
- Encourage the Principal to vary his route to and from work as much as possible.
- Remind him of the importance to always keep the vehicle’s fuel tank is full as possible at all times.
- The Principal should be aware that attackers will use places where the vehicle slows or comes to a halt to mount their ambushes. Whenever he is forced to stop such as at traffic lights or railway crossings he should look for escape routes in anticipation of being attacked. He should also time his approach toward these hazards, pacing the vehicle to avoid having to stop completely at the obstacle.
- Never, ever stop for stranded motorists, if they need help use a mobile telephone and call the police but do not stop.
- Never ‘Nosey Park’ Teach you Principal that he should never be a nosy parker, he should always reverse into parking bays so that he can drive out.
- When travelling he should use his mirrors effectively to monitor for surveillance. Basic anti-surveillance drills should be encouraged.
- The Principal must understand that if he is ever attacked he should never leave the vehicle unless absolutely necessary. He should be reminded that the vehicle can be an effective weapon in its own right.
- If the Principal feels that he is being followed at any time he should immediately drive toward the nearest police station, army barracks or other safe haven in the area. He should call the police and describe his followers.
- The Principal should never routinely use the same petrol filling station. It is a good idea for the Principal to arrange for others to fill the car.
- The Principal should be taught how to carry out a cursory search of the vehicle and encourage carrying out the search regularly.
- Advise the Principal to always leave the vehicle secured. A locked and alarmed the garage is best, but if the vehicle must be left alone then ensure that this is in a well lit area and make sure that he has a good look around the vehicle on his return. The Principal should ensure that he always uses the alarm when he leaves the vehicle.
At the residence.
- At night in home and office locations remind the Principal that curtains should be drawn early and before the lights are turned on.
- Never leave the home completely empty, at least one residential security team member or household staff should be left behind. If this is not practical then everything should be done to make sure that the residence looks occupied. This may well include the use of lights on a timer, sound files of dogs barking etc. Do not forget to cancel deliveries such as newspapers and milk.
- If the residence does not have a safe room then one room, preferably an upstairs one should be made as safe as possible with a lock on the inside. Ensure that the mobile phone is upstairs at all times.
- The Principal must be educated to call the police immediately something is not right. It is much better to be safe than sorry.
- A list of emergency telephone numbers should always be near to the telephone.
- Make sure that all everyone is aware of the importance of not opening a door without knowing exactly who is on the other side. Children of the home especially should be educated not to open the door.
- The intelligent use of outside lights is to be encouraged.
- If the Principal is a dog lover then one of the large guarding breeds such as the German shepherd, Rottweiler or Doberman can be used to good effect as many terrorists and criminals may well be scared of such animals and the noise that they make.
- The house alarm should have a panic button attached, ideally in the alarm will call the police or a central station who will call the police.
- All doors and windows should be protected against attack this may be in physical protection such as hinge bolts or overt protection such as bars and shutters.