Yesterday, the US Department of State Overseas Advisory Council made this statement about companies who send personnel overseas. “Due to the prevalence of crime in Ghana, ensure travelers and in-country personnel exercise good security practices, and consider providing training and behavior modification to improve situational awareness and reduce practices that can increase vulnerability; criminals routinely exploit and exacerbate victim vulnerability to conduct their activities. Organizations that prefer a more proactive approach may want to review existing kidnapping policies and procedures, including insurance, duty of care, and mitigation training.”
I find that very telling. Only this year, the State Department created a new category of travel advisories; kidnapping. Immediately, 32 countries were listed as high threat destinations. Now, their advice is plain. If you travel overseas, get training. In the article summary from yesterday, they break the plan down into four action items: Track and Verify (media) Developments, Reinforce Good Security Practices, Provide Training, and Consider Reviewing Kidnapping Measures. Under “Provide Training” here is what they said. “Most vulnerabilities that contribute to kidnappings stem from less-than-optimal victim behaviors. Refresh protocols and training, particularly regarding accountability and check-in procedures, personal contingency planning, commuting and journey management, protecting operational security, and incident reporting and response with personnel and travelers. Additional training topics for consideration may include detecting surveillance, ruses, and other suspicious activities; identifying insider threat; and reducing natural vulnerabilities when entering or leaving frequented locations. Consider whether the situation warrants training for local personnel and service providers.”
This is exactly why Captive Audience Prevention Training and Recovery Team exists. We provide all of this and much more. Our dual-focus is on prevention and recovery. In a perfect world, we would like to put the recovery side of the company out of business by doing such a stellar job at the prevention side. However, we cannot be everywhere and we will never be able to train everyone. Our short course is 3 days long. We have a mid-length course of 5 days and a full-length course of 7 days. It all depends on how deeply the students want to delve into the problem set, the methods of mitigations, and the practical training. Our promise to our students is that we will make them safer and more confident in everything they do.
We have an Entry Level Anti Kidnapping and Hostage Survival Course in New York August 21-23 and an Advanced Course for returning students at the same location August 24-25. This is an international travel security course for the brand new and the well seasoned travelers. We include training for all kinds of threats: natural disasters, terrorists, war, political instability, medical emergency, crime, kidnapping, extortion, and accidents. These are not situations which only occur somewhere else. All of these things happen right here at home too. Think about this. The State Department is making a direct recommendation. That is because the need has been identified and they realize that training people will reduce the number of incidents. So I ask you, what is your life worth?