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1 Dr. Chris Shaffer Global Security Specialist Executive and Dignitary Protection Specialist MGY.SGT, Retired (USMC, MARSOC) Certified Homeland Security Level III Valmont Industries, Inc. Birmingham, AL

2 Managing Your Personal Security

3 Objectives Travel Pre-Plans Employee Responsibilities Situational Awareness Criminal Threats

4 Travel Pre-Plans Completed Valmont Travel Registry Form Current passport Current Visa if needed Received pre-plan packet

5 Travel Pre-Plans Travel Registry Form OVERSEAS TRAVEL REGISTRY TO BE COMPLETED BY TRAVELER MAKE SURE TO ADD ANY DEPENDENTS TRAVELING WITH YOU Employee Name:Home Site Location:Employee DOB : Employee Passport or Passport Card #: (please specify which) Country Being Visited: Site Address: Visited Site Contact & Number Employee Cell Phone#: Employee Address: Scheduled Date Left: Scheduled Date Return: Emergency Family Contact Name: Emergency Family Contact #: Division Safety/Security Contact Info: Purpose of VisitType of Visit Scheduled Date to Arrive at Destination Scheduled Date to Leave Destination Supervisor Name Supervisor Contact and phone# businessone-time Passport Date of IssuePassport Expiration Please Return this form along with a scanned copy of your passport to security professional. TO BE COMPLETED BY CORPORATE SECURITY PERSONNEL OVERSEAS PRE-PLAN CHECKLIST YES / NON/ADate Completed Has employee completed Overseas Registry form? Employee registered through Travel.State.Gov? Has employee provided a copy of passport with company form? HAS EMPLOYEE BEEN PROVIDED WITH THE FOLLOWING? Recent travel warnings and alerts provided to employee? Most recent crime reports? Updated road & traffic Hazards? Updated Epidemic updates?

6 Travel Pre-Plans Passport Is your passport up to date & current? Is your emergency contact information correct? Do you have a copy of your Passport with you? Did you leave a copy of your Passport with family? Did you leave a copy of Passport with your company?

7 Travel Pre-Plans Visited Country Visa Is a separate visited country Visa needed? Is your Visa current & valid? Are there specific inoculations required?

8 Employee Responsibilities Know the current crime trends. Be aware of the potential for terrorist acts. Be aware of natural disasters. Be aware of epidemics at that location

9 Travel Pre-Plans Pre-Plan Package HAVE YOU RECEIVED? Overseas security awareness training? Wardens Travel Warnings & Alerts? Location crime reports? Epidemic & road safety updates? Local Embassy or Consulate contact numbers?

10 Employee Responsibilities MESSENGERS of INTUITION “You must NEVER ignore your intuition and the tiny flickers of doubt” It can be the BEST protection we have against violence or worse to ourselves” TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCTS!

11 Situational Awareness Is She Situationally Safe?

12 Situational Awareness Anticipate What May Happen Next Profile the scene & the person. Do not resist violent economic crime, however if it is a violent crime make every effort to resist and escape. Assume criminals are armed. Ensure that public transportation is legit. Pay attention to surroundings and not cell phones or texting. Tear gas or pepper spray is not recommended. Personal air horn has much greater effect.

13 Situational Awareness Enhancing Personal Security Have the proper information/advice. Focus on your situational awareness. - Be aware of your surroundings and those around you. Lower your profile - Do not dress American - Do not advertise wealth or tourism Know the threat.

14 Situational Awareness Enhancing Personal Security Loners get victimized. - When possible travel in trusted groups. Stay in know & well lit areas. Be predictably unpredictable. - Change your travel routes and times. CHOOSE WISELY

15 Criminal Threats Crime Trends ATM abduction Kidnapping for ransom IPod theft Portable GPS devices Identity theft Strong arm robbery

16 Criminal Threats Carjacking Foreigners targeted - Do not blare music - Do not advertise as a tourist Vehicle selection - Flashy “look at me vehicles” draw more attention. - Always lock you vehicle both when your in it & out of it. - Do not leave valuables in plain view inside vehicle.

17 Criminal Threats Aviation Threats Move through airport screening as fast as possible. Other than passports keep low profile as an American. Make every attempt to use accredited airlines. Do not put Company name or your name outside of luggage. - Put cell number on luggage tags & place your private information inside luggage. There is still substantial risk of crimes being committed inside of airports as well!

18 Criminal Threats Hotel Security Keep low profile when checking in - Do not announce out loud to co-workers or others your room #. Floor Selection - Make every attempt not to stay on first floor. - Try to obtain a room between 2 nd & 8 th floors. - Count how many room doors there are between yours and the nearest emergency exits.

19 Criminal Threats Hotel Security Hotel Crime - Never open your door to unknown persons. - Use “peep hole” in door when possible to identify persons. - If you order room service request to see identification prior to opening door or request that food be left outside the door. - Never leave personal information or valuables in the open, use safe if room is equipped with one, use hotel safe at desk or carry all with you.

20 Criminal Threats Hotel Security Hotel Crime - Never open your door to unknown persons. - Use “peep hole” in door when possible to identify persons. - If you order room service request to see identification prior to opening door or request that food be left outside the door. - Never leave personal information or valuables in the open, use safe if room is equipped with one, use hotel safe at desk or carry all with you.

21 Surveillance Detection Diplomatic Security Overseas Training

22 Surveillance Detection Objective Provide you with an awareness of the most common types of surveillance & the proactive measures you can take to help form becoming a target.

23 Surveillance Detection Purpose of Surveillance Intelligence Services – Information Criminal – Physical / Financial Terrorist – Political / Fear

24 Surveillance Detection Methods Stationary / Fixed – Person, vehicle Mobile – Drive by, walk by, follow Normally it is a combination of both.

25 Surveillance Detection The Attack Cycle Normally abductors, terrorist, cartels, etc will: Develop a list of potential targets Surveillance / information gathering Target selection Attack planning – surveillance continues, possible dry runs and rehearsals Deployment and attack – target identification Escape and evasion

26 Surveillance Detection Target Selection Terrorist seek to create fear, demoralize their victims, and gain support for their cause through successful attacks. Terrorist will normally seek the highest profile soft target available to maximize the odds of a successful attack.

27 Surveillance Detection Hard Target vs. Soft Target What defines the difference to a terrorist: Use of security systems, policies & procedures Predictability of target – How routine is the targets path of travel? Awareness of target – Are they high observant? Are they aware of their surroundings? Mental preparation – Is target prepared to react to an attack?

28 Surveillance Detection Choke Points Many attacks occur while victims are in transit Choke Points – Areas you must pass through near residence and work Ideal Attack Sites: a. Place where victim can be controlled with avenues of escape b. A location that is well suited for surveillance, and ability to blend into the environment.

29 Surveillance Detection Choke Points Many attacks occur while victims are in transit Choke Points – Areas you must pass through near residence and work Ideal Attack Sites: - Place where victim can be controlled with avenues of escape - A location that is well suited for surveillance, and ability to blend into the environment.

30 Surveillance Detection Examine you Personal Choke Points May be “self made” if time and place is predictable – DON’T establish routine patterns Identify choke points – VARY travel times ADD stops or errands to increase unpredictability Explore variable work schedule

31 Surveillance Detection Techniques Be Alert – Study detail, especially at choke points Know what is normal / not normal Be able to provide useful information to your local Regional Security Officer at you Embassy or to local law enforcement (if local LE is to be trusted) – use descriptive terms for vehicle and people.

32 Surveillance Detection Descriptors - People Gender Race Height – 2 inch increments Age – 5 year increments Weight – 10 pound increments Hair color/style, clothing, jewelry Distinguishing features Compare person to a popular person such as actor.

33 Surveillance Detection Descriptors - Vehicles Color Body style and size – compact / full size / van Number of doors Make, model, year License number and origin How many occupants Peculiarities – damage / decals / bumper stickers, custom features

34 Surveillance Detection Behavioral Cues Target Fixation – Persons who pay undue attention to you, photographing or appear to be taking notes of your actions. This includes time checking.

35 Surveillance Detection Persons or Vehicles Persons / vehicles with no purpose for being there Broken down vehicles / taxis / vendors / service personnel Illegally parked vehicles or facing wrong way on one-way streets

36 Surveillance Detection Correlations Repeated sightings – same person or vehicle at different locations Rule of Three- If it is the third time you see same person or vehicle, report it immediately, better to be mistaken than taken. Report anything suspicious – it may correlate with something reported by another person.

37 Surveillance Detection If You Suspect Surveillance Conceal you suspicions – do not confront Discreetly observe the person or vehicle to obtain a description Try to confirm surveillance a. Make casual eye contact – reaction? b. Change your speed /direction (safely) – walking or driving. Contact Embassy or Local Law Enforcement !!

38 Surveillance Detection Avoid Being a Target Maintain a low profile Vary your times and routes when possible Be aware and alert – especially in choke points Allow yourself room to maneuver Be prepared to react – have a plan Learn escape routes and locations of safe havens.

39 Surveillance Detection Attack Recognition Signs Focus on the choke points Target identification – strong interest in you Strange / unusual behavior Something / someone slowing or stopping you, blocking vehicle Individuals approaching you rapidly Transition to weapons

40 Surveillance Detection Response to an Attack If you spot or think you spot a potential attack ahead – do not go there! Disrupt attack – Change route, scream out loud, pull alarm. Create space between you and threat Move quickly Break traffic laws – only if necessary for life safety Get off the X – go to a safe haven or populated area Contact your Embassy or local Law Enforcement MOVE YOUR FEET, DOING SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING!


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