Nov 202009

When you live in a violent world such as ours Personal Protection can mean a lot of different things depending on who you ask and in what context. Personal Protection may mean seeking out the training to protect yourself and your family or hiring others (Bodyguards or Executive Protection Professionals) to protect you and your loved ones. There are several hundred ways one could learn how to personally protect themselves. You could join a gym, bulk up, get in better shape, and develop an intimidating commanding presence. You could join and learn a Martial Arts Discipline or Mixed Martial Arts gym. People seeking out Personal Protection may want to learn how to fight with different physical weapons. Among these are contact weapons, edged weapons, chemical weapons, electrical weapons, and firearms. Contact weapons consist of anything that could be used as a “club or bat”. Edged weapons are generally knives and swords and firearms that consist of pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Chemical weapons generally speaking are “pepper” spray or gas and electrical weapons consist of tasers and stun guns. Mental awareness is also another strong component of Personal Protection. It doesn’t matter what system you deploy if you do not have the proper mindset and awareness to go along with your potentially deadly encounter.

You might be asking yourself where I can receive training in all of the above mentioned disciplines. I have been in the private and public sector for 13 years. I have come across two places that I recommend. These two training facilities offer the very best in their skilled training sessions. If you’re looking for a one stop shop for empty hand defense, edge weapons, firearms, chemical weapons, and a place to develop the proper mindset then travel to the Las Vegas area and attend one of many classes offered by Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. At Front Sight you will be amazed at what they instruct and how successful they are at it. I have attended almost every single class offered and come away every time astonished at what I learned. Dollar for dollar and the value of instruction is unmatched, period!

The second Personal Protection training facility I recommend is featured mainly in hand to hand combat. Straight up and down and dirty on the mats sweating is the only way this training group operates. For the very best in hand to hand combat and inflicting violence on your attacker, then seek out Tim Larkin at Target Focus Training. You will come away with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and confidence in your newly developed skill set. The proper mindset is also incorporated into the curriculum at TFT.

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Nov 112009

Again we hear in the news how another celebrity is in court trying to obtain a restraining order to keep a crazed fan away who was stalking Justin Timberlake.  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham III on Monday ordered Karen McNeil to stay away from the Grammy-winning singer for the next three years.  Unfortunately, more and more we see people who have high public exposure levels are increasingly harassed, some to the point of stalking.  Harassment and stalking is not limited to just Hollywood figures.  Business Executives, Dignitaries, Religious Figures, CEO’s, and Politicians are becoming targets of harassment, stalking, and criminal activity. 

 Paris Hilton had to relive her traumatic experience of being burglarized.  Ryan Seacrest also recently had a stalking case.  In all these types of cases, and to ensure these acts do not happen to you, a professional Security Consultant and their advice need to be sought.  Services that one might want to enquire about would be a security survey/ risk analysis of their residence, place of business, vacation destination, and travel routes.  Background checks on all new employees and clients that the high profile figure may do business with.  An analysis and live test of the current alarm and surveillance systems that include implementation of a new system or just enhancements to the current alarm and surveillance system.  Threat Assessments should also be identified and validated if applicable.  Last, but not least is determining whether a 24 hour physical, close-in, security detail is warranted, in other words determining whether to hire Bodyguards and Executive Protection professionals.  Bodyguards and Executive Protection services can also be scaled back to only be used when entering the public eye.  This and other factors should be determined between client and the protective agency as part of a comprehensive security plan.  High profile individuals and their families should consider all or part of these as viable options in keeping themselves and their loved ones safe, so in case you develop stalkers (or worse) like Justin Timberlake or your residence is burglarized like Paris Hilton, you will have a detailed security plan in place.

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Nov 042009

Paris Hilton is in the news again having to re-live the burglary that occurred at her personal residence nearly one year ago. Paris Hilton’s residence is located in a private, gated community in Hollywood Hills. Per LAPD there had been a rash of burglaries that occurred at night and on weekends at other celebrity homes in the area.  Rumor had it that a door was left unlocked at Hilton’s home.  Paris’s sister Nicky Hilton remains in disbelief that such a crime even took place. Her sister, she says, “lives in a gated community with supposed state of the art security”. 

This just proves that state of the art anything isn’t worth the money you spend unless it is installed correctly, monitored, and tailored to an overall security plan.  Crime and all of its variations can come at anytime and anywhere.  Good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods are not immune from the long tentacles of crime.  I believe if Miss Hilton and other Celebrities like her with high exposure issues would have retained the services of an Executive Protection Specialist, this whole incident could have been avoided.  When you hire a professional Security Consulting & Executive Protection Firm, you will receive a complete evaluation, overhaul, and implementation of new or upgraded security measures. 

Even though you may have a state of the art security system, is it monitored?  Is it connected to a private I.P address for instant real time data collection?  Is there ample space for recording a lot of data over long periods of time?  Are the security cameras analog or digital?  Is there sufficient security camera coverage that records vital information for the Police and Investigators in case something does occur?  Are your travel routes and plans consulted by a Security Consultant to lessen your exposure issues?  Do you have armed and trained Executive Protection Specialists to guide you when you go in public?  Is there an Executive Protection Professional who conducts personalized Threat Assessments to help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones?  All these issues and more need to be addressed.  Crime is on the rise everywhere.  Kidnappings are also on the rise.  Do you have a plan in place for such an unthinkable event?  The higher the exposure issues, the higher the risk for all involved around you.  Do not become a crime statistic.  I wish Paris Hilton would have had a plan in place so that she would not have had to endure such a traumatic event as a burglary, and then re-live it almost a year later when some of her personal items were returned.  Isn’t it better to have never gone through such an ordeal? Don’t make the same mistake.  Hire a professional to advise you on your security related issues.

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Nov 032009

Ryan Seacrest’s Bodyguard fulfilled his duty!

When Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. was sentenced for assault, battery, and possession of a switchblade knife on September 18, 2009 for his derailed attack on Celebrity Ryan Seacrest, hopefully he will think twice before trying that again, especially when there is a trained Bodyguard on duty.  Bodyguards and Executive Protection professionals everywhere should feel a since of pride knowing that one of their own did his job and protected his client, Ryan Seacrest.  Granted, I am not excited that Ryan Seacrest’s Bodyguard was injured during the altercation, but sometimes that is the risk we take when getting into the Personal Protection line of work.  Not only did Ryan Seacrest’s Personal Bodyguard protect Mr. Seacrest and get him to safety, he also was able to apprehend the Stalker and hand him over to Police, and along the way preserve the image of his client.  Another small nugget is that this happened in California and Ryan Seacrest’s Bodyguard wasn’t ridiculed by the media.  He acted within the boundaries of the law and he did what he had to do.  (Neither Ryan Seacrest nor his Bodyguard required medical attention after the altercation).

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