Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #2 – Hazard and threat identification [Audio]

How do you identify a travel hazard or threat? Do your travellers know how to do it also or is it just a management skill? Consider this basic fact, if you can’t identify the hazard/threat in the first instance, how can you consider yourself “safe”? Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #2 – Hazard and…

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Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #1- Financial, efficiency and safety [Audio]

Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #1- Financial, efficiency, and safety Effective travel safety management isn’t just about safety, if conducted as an enterprise risk management initiative it can also result in significant financial returns, business efficiencies and people safety. Is it safe to travel?

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Travel Safety Risk Management – the Workplace

Introduction When it comes to the workplace and travel risk management, this is what every travel, human resources and general manager should know. In this article we will cover the workplace, how it relates to travel risk management and the expanded requirement for travel risk management and comply with the company’s social and legal obligations.…

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The 6 Essential Proofs for Due Diligence and Travel Safety Risk Management

Introduction When it comes to the due diligence and travel safety risk management, these are the 6 essential proofs that every travel, human resources, risk, health and safety and general manager should know. In this article we will cover the essential proofs of due diligence being, knowledge, business relevance, resources, processes, compliance and verification for travel risk…

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Travel Safety Risk Management – Due Diligence

Introduction When it comes to due diligence and travel safety risk management, this is what every travel, human resources and risk manager should know. In this article we will cover due diligence defined, how it relates to travel risk management and the key actions required by companies and managers in order to demonstrate or prove…

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Travel Safety Risk Management – Duty of Care

Introduction When it comes to duty of care and travel risk management, this is what every travel, human resources and risk manager should know. In this article we will cover duty of care defined, how it relates to travel risk management and the key actions required by companies and managers in order to demonstrate or…

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Travel Safety Risk Management – Risk Assessments

 Introduction When it comes to risk assessments and travel safety risk management, this is what every travel, human resources, risk and general manager should know. In this article we will cover some of the possible workplace health and safety risk assessment requirements, essential proofs for due diligence and travel risk management plans for business travel the complies…

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Foreseeable Risk – Travel Safety Risk Management

Travel Safety Risk Management When it comes to foreseeable risk, foreseeability and travel risk management, this is what every travel, human resources, and manager should know. In this article we will cover foreseeable risk, foreseeability, hazard identification and travel risk assessments to mitigate or eliminate the risk of travel and comply with the company’s social objectives and legal obligations.…

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Video Tips for smart travellers: Tourist Attractions

Tips for smart travellers: Tourist Attractions

Tips for smart travellers: Tourist Attractions Tourist attractions come in many shapes and forms ranging from religious sites markets shopping experiences scenic vistas and natural wonders all the way up to historical sites. The more tourists that frequent these locations the more infrastructure and supporting resources you are likely to find. But they also attract…

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Video: Beware ATM Skimmers In Tourist Areas [Travel Safety Tips]

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ATMs are a great way to reduce the amount of cash you have to carry when travelling domestically and internationally. However, modern, sophisticated criminals also prey upon tourists where they can also. A growing scam involves the use of false overlays to the legitimate ATM, which captures your credit card details and if used in…

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Video: Beware Drink Bottles At Airports – See How Easy It Is to Hide Items In Them [Travel Safety Tip]

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Many people like to travel with water bottles when they fly, to keep hydrated. Most people think that is just the liquid that airport security don’t want passing through the airport or getting on to planes. Watch this short video to see how criminals are using drink bottles to smuggle more than just water through…

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2106: Top 20 Best Airport WiFi Results

WiFi is an essential element to everyone’s travel in the modern age, wether it be for business or leisure travel. Some airports do it well….others are just outright terrible at it! Here are the results as determined by Rotten WiFi for 2016. You can measure/view the top 20 based on upload & download speeds, along…

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Buying Security Services: Human Rights

Security services are not grounds for your own private army and they do not act without consequence. Human rights and violations by security service providers have proven to be very costly and damaging to brand integrity for some companies. Use of your resources such as uniforms, vehicles, facilities in the execution of human rights violations…

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Buying Security Services: Outsourcing and Subcontracting

Some companies acknowledge they donʼt have the time or expertise to recruit, train and manage their various security needs. They outsource part or all of this process to security companies that can source, vet, train, develop, credential or manage their in-house security resource/s. Security companies outsource too. You may find you have paid a premium…

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Buying Security Services: Talent

Security products and services, no matter how they are marketed and sold, depend highly upon the talent, which identifies, plans, manages or directs the service. The business world that is serviced by security talent is constantly evolving and never identical between businesses. Therefore, security professionals and providers need to be constantly evolving too. Only relying…

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Buying Security Services: Pricing

There is no set formula. It is not a race to the bottom. As you need to make money to stay in business, so do security companies, consultants and contractors. Donʼt ask what a providerʼs profit margin is for their product or service. No one ever tells the truth and it is the height of…

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Buying Security Services: Competition

Security competition can be a very secretive process because providers and users rarely comment publicly on the service or outcomes, therefore artificially clouding the true state of what is competition and what is just names in a directory. Competition for security products and services are determined by another providerʼs ability to deliver a similar or…

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Video: Tips for the smart traveller: Hotels

Tips for the smart traveller: Hotels

Tips for the smart traveller – Hotels Hotels vary in location, number of rooms and especially safety or security. Be wary of solicitations and touts near to your hotel or even in the lobby. Ask an employee where the emergency assembly area is ….the responses will give you insight into their emergency response. Electronic cards…

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Video: Tips for the smart traveller: Ground Transport

Tips for the smart traveller: Ground Transport

Tips for the smart traveller – ground transport When you travel, there are lots of ground transport options ranging from public to private transport such as cars, buses, trains, motorcycles and even bicycles. Typically, you will spend more time on ground transport than you will flying. It is essential to get from point to point.…

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Video: Tips for the smart traveller: Flying

Tips for the smart traveller: Flying

Tips for the smart traveller – Flying Flying can be demanding and tiring either one trip or multiple trips especially across time zones Ensure you drink plenty of water, yes, water Get up and exercise or stretch frequently Set your watch to the time zone you are travelling to when you get on board Sleep…

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Video: Tips for the smart traveller: Airports

Tips for the smart traveller: Airports

Tips for the smart traveller – Airports Airports are busy, commercial and transport service hubs This means that everyone is either heading somewhere or returning from somewhere. All the while someone is trying to sell you something usually at an inflated price. This includes duty free. This busy and disconnected environment also attracts crime. Crimes…

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It’s not crisis management anymore….its war!

its not crisis management now...it's war!

The practice and art of crisis management has been around for some time, with much of it originating in the media and marketing space around handling image, brand, communications and overall perception with regards to a business and how it is engaged or managing a specific event. Over time, the preparedness and practices have expanded…

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Video: Travel Warnings Advice – Government Alerts

Travel Warnings Advice - Government Alerts

Advice on travel warnings – government alerts Government travel alerts are aimed at the least experienced travellers …like families, backpackers and first-time travellers. They are often more an “obligation” rather than actionable advice. Just because an alert has been published, doesn’t mean all travel MUST stop You often will be told the entire country is…

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Video: Travel Warnings Advice – Government Warnings

Travel Warnings Advice - Government Warnings

Advice on travel warnings – government warnings You’ve probably seen or heard of government travel alerts/warnings. If you have seen a few, they all seem to be the same. Very broad advice, often about a whole country or region with little information on exactly what to do with this information or if it even affects…

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Video: Government Travel Warnings and alerts – the basics

Government Travel Warnings and alerts - the basics

Government Travel Warnings and alerts – the basics Every so often the government gets information or makes an assessment it feels will affect a lot of travellers or a popular location for its travelling citizens. They don’t want to tell you how they know or what they know so they release a government travel warning…

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Video: Safe Travels – Before You Go Tips

Safe Travels - Before You Go Tips

Tips on how to stay safe, before you travel Have electronic copies of all your travel documents Make sure you have a cloud based account to access documents Set up a temporary email account for use in public areas while travelling Take a photo of what you have packed inside your suitcase Take a photo…

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Video: Safe Travels – Shopping tips

Safe Travels - Shopping tips

Tips on how to stay when shopping Arrive and depart from publicly visible entrances Beware of distractions and attempts to steal your belongings Carry money and credit cards on the front of your body Put your purchases into one bag, not multiple bags Keep your credit cards protected from skimmers and electronic theft Check your…

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Video: Safe Travels – Road Safety Tips

Safe Travels - Road Safety Tips

Tips on how to stay safe on the roads Don’t drive if your travel insurance excludes it Record the numberplate or details of each vehicle Only travel in vehicles with seat belts Keep trips under 2 hours or break frequently Sit in the back seat Ride in cars or buses, not on motorbikes or tricycles…

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Video: Safe Travels – Airport Tips

Safe Travels - Airport Tips

Tips on how to stay safe at the airport Ensure all your bags are lockable Keep your bag or bags in sight at all times Don’t place your wallet or passport in outside pockets of your carry on bag Don’t share your boarding pass on social media Keep your passport on your person at all…

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Video: Safe Travels – Hotel Tips

Safe Travels: Hotel Tips

Tips on how to stay safe at your hotel Don’t tell anyone where you are staying ….unless absolutely necessary Spend as little time as possible in the reception area of the hotel Not everyone in the hotel is a guest or employee….stay alert Only open your room door when no one else is nearby Always…

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Buying Security Services: The Global Stage

It is still with some amusement and confusion that international businesses adopt a set standard of security and safety procedures in their home country then seek a lower standard in a less developed market based on some notion of cost savings or lower cost markets. Make threat based decisions and investments. Donʼt expect the same…

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Terrorism: Why economic sabotage is a greater threat, even after minor attacks

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Increasingly, it is the post-incident damage and economic loss that has a far greater impact upon a local populace and associated country, regardless of the size/scale of the incident, long after the reporters have left the scene. The Loss of Economic And Tourism Earnings In the wake of a terror related attack, physical violence and…

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How to convert plans and procedures to video and elearning

Get rid of written content that no one reads or takes too long to reference and understand. Convert your message to a more dynamic and relevant format such as video or online eLearning, without spending a fortune. Read on if you want to update your plans and procedures or better communicate your message with suppliers,…

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Buying Security Services: Governments

We all know that no two governments are alike and that federal and local governments are continuously at loggerheads with conflicting rules and agendas. When it comes to security there are plenty of well meaning and meddling actors. Governments may be part of the problem or contributing to your solution. Ensure you security provider is…

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Buying Security Services: Languages and Communications

When using consultants and contractors in environments where English/base language (lingua franca) is not common, prioritize users based on language capability first. Speaking a language (well) is a sign of time spent in the required environment and a better understanding of the culture and community. If you canʼt find a provider with the required language…

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Buying Security Services: Do I Choose Local Or International Providers?

All previously mentioned issues and concerns apply when discussing the purchase/procurement of security services, in conjunction with market forces. You sometimes find stellar local service providers that are far superior to that of international offerings or those that do not understand the local circumstances. Conversely, you also find a lot of local security service providers…

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Buying Security Services: The Difference Between Consultants and Security Companies

Security companies have overheads, fixed offices, insurance, regulatory compliance, higher operating costs, variable products, possible sales and marketing personnel, online presence, turnover of staff and numerous clients. Consultants have less overheads, some insurance, no fixed office, less online presence, smaller product range, self-management and sales activities, no turn over and less clients. Quality and outcomes…

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Can You Buy Or Outsource Travel Safety?

Can You Buy Or Outsource Travel Safety?

There is an ever-increasing interest, demand and requirement to provide adequate travel safety measures to business travellers. The steady growth in interest is in part fuelled by more specific legal requirements that have evolved to include mobile work environments to be just as safe as that of traditional physical workspaces. Additional focus is also the…

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Buying Security Services: The Difference Between Consultants and Contractors

Contractors deliver a set schedule of tasks for a set fee. Consultants add value depended on the value of the outcome/s or business contribution. Most security companies, consultants and buyers donʼt know the difference. Contractors charge on an hourly or daily basis. It is in their best interest to convince you that the task needs…

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Buying Security Services: Proposals and Tenders

Despite popular belief or internal confidence, most procurement departments and systems do not understand how to purchase security products and services affectively. Ownerʼs estimates or internal cost modelling for external security services are also typically flawed and encourage under pricing and cutting corners. It doesnʼt matter how long you have been doing it this way,…

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