The festive season can be quite chaotic. The year is coming to an end, everyone needs a break Companies shut down and employees are out of the office. As crazy as everything may seem, this is the perfect opportunity to begin gearing up for the new year. You now have the opportunity to ensure that everything is ready and safe for when your employees return. 

This begs the question – is your office ready and secure for the new year? 

If you aren’t sure, keep reading. We highlight the best ways to ensure that your office is safe and secure. Particularly before your employees even step foot into the new decade. 

Why is office safety and security important?

When your employees leave their homes, they want to know that they’re entering a safe environment. It is the employer’s duty of care to ensure their company and office space is safe and secure.

Concerns around security are topical in any office environment. Along with the threat of workplace violence, security has other important aspects. This includes protecting assets and inventory. As well as maintaining the cybersecurity of data and client information. Each aspect of security has its own challenges and procedures. This is why it might be beneficial to hire a protection company. They will help you implement necessary security procedures. 

Workplace safety is very important for each and every employee. It is the duty and moral responsibility of the company to look after its employees. 

Keeping your office secure enables you to protect:

  • Confidential documents
  • Computers, electronics and other valuable possessions
  • Your staff
  • Your company’s data 

How to secure your office

As you go into the new year, you need to make sure your office is ready for any potential risks. You can start securing your office by doing the following: 

  • Evaluate and assess the security needs of your workplace (a professional can do this for you)
  • Devise a comprehensive policy to cover all security needs
  • Consult with protection specialists to ensure you are covering all bases
  • Get entire aspects installed through third party contractors based on the agreed scope of work
  • Get the system tested and verified as per requirements
  • Commission the system for real-world operations
  • Keep maintaining the systems as per workplace security policy

Risk Assessment

There is no need to be stressing about how secure your company is when you can use our services. We’ve got an easy solution, that you can implement. 

Contact us if you feel like your company security isn’t up to standard. 

We will conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your company. We will be highlighting areas where you are at great risk. Detailed measures and instructions to increase security will be given. 

Security Protocols

Still feel like you’re being exposed to risks? Start considering the following: 

  • Physical access control: do you have a system in place that controls who comes in and out of the building? Access control will offer your employee a sense of security because they know that not just anyone can enter. 
  • Surveillance: do you have professional and reliable surveillance systems that monitor the internal and external parameters of your company?
  • Proper lighting and alarm system: your parking garages and quieter areas need adequate lighting that will ensure no threats are hiding in plain sight. A fully-functional and operational alarm system is needed in any company. 
  • Clearly marked emergency exits: in the event of an emergency situation, employees need to know the safest way to exit the workplace so that they aren’t stuck in a dangerous situation. 

Secure Travel Management

If this is something your company hasn’t invested in just yet, be sure to reconsider it in the new year. As part of duty of care, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees are protected while travelling for work. 

There are many potential risks and threats when travelling internationally or locally. These risks are not only reserved for the high net worth individual or celebrity. Business and leisure travel may also be affected thus the need for secure travel management. 

Here at Arcangel, our deep understanding of the areas, situations and threats place us in a unique position. We are thus able to provide a secure environment for our clients. The secure travel solutions that we offer begin with a clear understanding of the type of travel and the risks associated with the location and other elements of the itinerary.

We accomplish this by conducting a country assessment and risk analysis. Specific travel planning and contingencies are based on the analysis. Some of our solutions available include pre-travel advance work, secure journey management and personnel tracking. 

Data Protection 

As we rely more and more on online platforms and upload vasts amounts of secure data onto online platforms, the need for adequate data protection is exponential. 

This means you need to start taking your cybersecurity more seriously. The best way to do this is to hire an external organisation that specialises in this type of security. This is what your business might need to do though; 

  • Install and maintain a firewall configuration that provides security and protects and secures the stored data.
  • Do no use default vendor passwords and another parameter of security.
  • Use anti-virus and frequently update their programs to remove any malicious software.
  • Secure systems and applications should be developed and maintained.
  • Those with access to your system should be assigned a unique user ID.
  • Track and supervise network access.
  • Regular testing of security systems and processes should take place.
  • A policy must be maintained that addresses information security for all personnel.
  • Use of cameras to monitor vulnerable areas. Classification of media is required to protect sensitive data.
  • Sensitive Authentication Data must be secured.

Go into the new year ready to take on anything that comes your way. Ensure your company and your employees are protected at all times with comprehensive security policies in place. We would love to give you the confidence to feel safe and secure in the new year, please contact us

Protecting yourself isn’t always about your physical safety and security. Nowadays there is an increase in the risk to your online safety. We often don’t think about the threat that being online can pose. We’re on our own mobile devices or laptops and computers so what’s the big deal? Here’s the thing; the internet is open to everyone, and everything you put out there is accessible by anyone. Meaning that it is imperative that you are more aware of your online presence and various safety precautions.

What are you doing to ensure you’re 100% protected while online? 

Most of us aren’t able to confidently answer that. But we’re here to tell you exactly what you should be doing to optimise your online safety. 

Why you should take online safety seriously

The worldwide web is a vast and sometimes scary place. There is so much going on in the online world that we don’t even know about. Many people use the internet to prey on unsuspecting victims for various heinous crimes. These include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Phishing
  • Scams 
  • Stealing of personal information
  • Impersonations 
  • Viruses, among other threats. 

This doesn’t even cover the risk poor online security has on businesses. 

Ask yourself

  1. Do I know all of the people on my social media friend’s list? 
  2. Are my social media accounts set to private? Have I checked if the privacy settings have been changed/updated?
  3. Who can see my content or my online activity? 
  4. Am I giving away private information, like my home address, the name of my child’s school or even my current location? 
  5. Have I revealed that I’m currently on holiday, letting potential criminals know that my house is vacant? 
  6. Have I clicked on any unsecured links that will hack my various online accounts or steal my private information? 
  7. Did I shared my account passwords with anyone? 

How to stay safe online

It’s time you take your cybersecurity seriously. Here are our top tips on how to stay safe online. 

Cybersecurity is a moving target.

Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new tricks to threaten your online security, so you need to be conscientious about what you’re downloading and keep up to date with the latest security updates. Make sure you keep a watchful eye on the news for any new online threats.

Has someone gone phishing?

Phishing is a term used to describe an individual or group of individuals who scam users. They do so by sending emails or creating web pages that are designed to collect your online banking, credit card, or other login information. 

You may be sophisticated enough to know not to click on a URL that’s supposedly from your bank or a friend, but does everyone in your household? Make sure your family members are aware of phishing and warn them not to click on URLs from an email or social network message. 

It is also advisable to get a security program that recognises and blocks potentially unsafe URLs.

Beware of scams

There are various ways to trick you into entering your personal information. Even some so-called “legitimate” businesses can trick you into signing up for recurring annual payments without you even realising it. 

Use a password management system

Passwords are your primary defence against hackers and it’s no secret that it’s often a flimsy one; Kitty123 just isn’t going to cut it. Bolster your defence with a password management program, this way a more secure password is generated for you and best of all, you only need to remember one password.

Keep social networks secure

There’s a good chance that at least one person in your house is on a social network. Unfortunately, social media networks have become a haven for cybercriminals. 

Keep a close eye on your social media accounts. If someone messages you who hasn’t done so in a while, then it might be suspicious, especially if they are sending you random links or asking personal questions.

Educate kids about online safety

When it comes to cybersecurity, kids are often the weakest link. Get security software that keeps your children from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems suspicious.

What about your mobile devices?

Your phone and tablet need as much security protection as your PC. Make sure you’ve got a full security solution that covers your mobile devices as well. Put a passcode on your tablets and phones too.

Watch out for online shopping

Many online shopping sites are fake. Many have fallen victim to the stunning items that are being sold online for cheap prices but often these sites are used to scam you into divulging your personal details so they can drain your bank account. Make sure you’re only purchasing from reputable sites. 

When in doubt, call support

The best security software programs offer support 24/7. If you ever have any suspicions you’ve been hacked, call for help. 

It might seem tedious but your online safety matters and by being more wary of it, you’ll suffer less in the future. If you have any questions about online safety or data protection, feel free to contact us.

The holiday season is an exciting time. After a gruelling year filled with hard work, it is finally time to relax and unwind. No matter what you’ve got planned this holiday, it is important to remember that you still need to be safe. Criminals don’t go on holiday and statistics continue to prove this with criminal activity showing a substantial increase during the festive season. Which is why it’s important to consider holiday safety.

No matter where you’re going, whether abroad or local, your safety will always be a pivotal part of your trip. 

We’ve taken the time to highlight important steps you should take before, during and after your trip. This will ensure that not only you are safe and secure at all times but your belongings are too.

Before you leave

Make sure you contact your alarm or security company before you leave. They should be notified of the days that you will be away and when you’ll return. This will make them aware of the fact that your house is vulnerable during that period. You should also test your alarm system to make sure it is fully operational prior to leaving.

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Once you’re confident that your alarm system is in tip-top condition, you need to prepare your house. Make sure you:

  • Get a reliable light timer that will turn certain lights on at a certain time to give the perception that someone is in the house.
  • Don’t close all the curtains and blinds in your home, this makes it blatantly obvious that the house is unoccupied. 
  • If possible, hire a reliable and trustworthy housesitter who stays at your house for the duration of your trip. 
  • Make sure that doors and windows are locked and secure – this includes every window, bolt and security gate. 
  • If your neighbours are close, trusted friends or family, alert them that you will be away for a certain time so that they too can keep an eye on your home. 
  • If you’re leaving after Christmas and you have the boxes that expensive gifts came in, make sure to discard of these boxes and don’t just leave them in the outside bins. 
  • Be sure to lock valuable possessions away or hide them from plain sight. 

During your vacation

Holiday safety isn’t only about securing your home but ensuring that you keep yourself and your family safe while you’re away. 

  • Keep your documentation (passport, ID or driver’s license) close to you or in a secure place. And keep a certified photocopy of these documents in a separate safe place just in case. 
  • Don’t keep large amounts of cash on you.
  • Make sure to plan your routes or expeditions to ensure you are completely comfortable with where you are going to avoid any risky situations. 
  • Before you go on your trip, make sure you’ve done your research to ensure that your accommodation and where you’re going is safe and has a good reputation. 
  • Avoid looking like a tourist, try blending in as much as possible. 
  • Keep your travel and accommodation arrangements to yourself and don’t divulge too much information to people you meet or “friends” you make. 
  • Don’t post too much about your trip on social media. We know it’s exciting to be away and have new experiences that you want to share but you never know who is keeping an eye on your social media pages. Posting on social media that you are away lets criminals know that your house is vacant.
  • Do a security sweep of your hotel room. Always keep your hotel door locked and never answer it for someone you don’t know. If you can, try to get a room near the front desk or the elevator. 

When you’re on your way home

If you are driving home, make sure to plan your route carefully and have the correct amount of money for tolls on the way. Ensure you are well-rested for the trip because car accident rates are heightened during the festive period. 

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If your trip was a bit further and you’re flying home, make sure your documentation is safe and easily accessible. Be wary of your personal belongings on the trip home.

While en-route home, check in with your security company to ensure there has been no suspicious activity at your house or in the neighbourhood while you were away. And be careful that no one has followed you into the driveway of your home.

To ensure your holiday safety is at optimal levels, get in contact with us. We will do a thorough risk assessment of your home and help you with your travel safety. We want you to have a happy and safe festive season – no matter what.

You’ve probably heard someone somewhere say “you need to be more aware” but what does this mean and how do you actually do it? Similar to our article on the Power of Visualisation, situational awareness techniques are used to protect yourself before a threat takes place. You need to be more self-aware, more cognizant of your surroundings and take serious note of any irregularities. 

It’s perfectly fine to go to self-defence classes and prepare yourself for when you’re in a dangerous situation but what if you could avoid the situation entirely and not have to protect yourself in the first place? Situational awareness is a crucial self-defence skill in itself. It can successfully get you out of danger and help you avoid confrontation.

You can train yourself to be more aware, there is no need for a class or instructor. You are perfectly capable of training your mind to perceive the world a little differently and more intuitively. With some tips and tricks, you will quickly master the art of situational awareness.  

Situational awareness definition 

According to Security Adviser, “situational awareness is the use of the sensory system to scan the environment. The purpose of this is to identify threats in the present or to project those threats into the near future”.

Simply put, situational awareness consists of learning specific techniques that enable you to become keenly aware of the environment you’re in so that you can identify potential threats that may arise. 

How can situational awareness be improved?

If you feel like you have no idea how to master situational awareness, there is no need to panic. You can improve your own situational awareness in a few steps and with practice. 

There are many ways to improve your awareness but we’ve isolated these at the top 3:

  1. Start by isolating the foreground, middle ground and background of your environment.
  2. Develop your intuition by observing internal changes. Start by noticing things that aren’t out of the norm or unusual from what you’re used to. 
  3. Deny one of your senses. By removing one sense, your other senses are heightened, enabling you to pick up things you previously wouldn’t have been able to. 

Improving your awareness techniques 

Your mind and your senses are your best ally in a variety of situations. This is how you can hone in on using them to your full advantage.  

Sensory awareness

  1. Stop: when you enter a new location and while you’re out and about, you need to stop. Take in your surroundings and think about the following:
  • Who is around you, are they moving and who is standing still? 
  • What do you hear close to you and what sounds register in the distance? 
  • Are there any specific smells in the area? 
  • What is the temperature like against your face and arms? 
  • Is there anything in the environment that strikes you as out of the ordinary, or doesn’t seem to belong?  

By doing this, you are using all of your senses to take in your environment. You have also taken the time to actively acknowledge your surroundings which increases your situational awareness. 

2. Look for something new every day:  as you go about your daily routine and follow the same route to work or as you stop off at the same places, try to spot something new each day that you have never noticed before. 

This will train you to be more conscious of your surroundings, reminding you to actively take note of possible irregularities. 

3. Be aware of sound: note that your sense of hearing tells you about distance. You can judge what might be happening near to you or further away.

4. Explore the darkness: this might sound a little odd but another tip is to become a  nighttime predator in your own home. Turn off all the lights and navigate from room to room. You will discover that this is a multi-sensorial exercise. Touch, hearing and special sensations become amplified. The more you do this, the more you comfortable you’ll feel when your sense of sight is taken from you or when you’re out during the night. 

When considering your sensory awareness, remember your senses of proprioception, balance and kinaesthesia which tell you about movement and space. Which also provides unseen but necessary information. 

Mindful awareness 

As the day marches on, we get lost in our thoughts 

At some time during our day, we may think of an event that took place in the past. At other times in the day, our minds may project into the future. This could be a useful exercise like scenario planning. However, not all future thoughts are useful.

Worry is a common future projection. Our mental space is engrossed with horrors of what might happen. Stress and anxiety, both of which are products of worry, reduce awareness. Criminals are drawn to people who are in this state. It may be wise to change your thought process to be more present, especially during daily errands or while travelling. 

Sometimes our minds focus on the immediate present. Our minds are alert and tuned into our direct space. Our senses absorb the environment. Intuitive feelings are produced compelling us to act against danger or toward delight. Psychologists nowadays call this mindfulness. This is the ideal state of mind to be in to ensure you can detect potential threats and protect yourself in dangerous situations. 

You are far more capable than you think you are. Your senses, your mind and your gut instincts provide you with all the intel and ammunition you need to protect yourself. But if you feel you may need more protection or advice about how to amplify your safety and security, please contact us.  

In this world, kindness and compassion are often hard to come by but you still get some people who are a little too nice. While this is a commendable quality to have and you should never lose your kind and thoughtful traits, there are some situations where being too nice can really affect your safety. This is when being more assertive will benefit you.  

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re uncomfortable and unhappy but you feel too timid or shy to change the situation you’re in?

When is being too nice not okay

When you’re out and having a good time with friends or even if you’re at a shop running errands, if you find yourself in a risky situation, you need to do something. 

There are some situations that warrant your kind nature but when you find someone is being too pushy or has invaded your space, there is no need to be passive. Most of the time in these cases, if you do not stand your ground and make it clear that you don’t appreciate the advances, the attention or you just need some space, something far worse can take place. 

Criminals prey on those they deem as weak and vulnerable and if you make yourself appear that way, you run the risk of being preyed up. “Niceness” can make you an easier target to be taken advantage of, controlled, and even emotionally, physically and sexually abused. It can also prevent you from standing up for yourself, even in situations that aren’t very dangerous. 

Why do we feel we need to be nice? 

Sometimes we’re more concerned with what others think of us than what we think of ourselves. We’re more worried about making someone feel bad or causing a scene than we are with asserting ourselves. 

Often, we’re even more concerned about giving people the benefit of the doubt and thinking their intentions may not be impure rather trusting our own perceptions. 

This is something that is ingrained in many of us. Rather be polite than have to deal with confrontation but eventually (or sooner rather than later) this is going to a detriment to your safety. It might be time to learn to be a little more assertive and how to do it without feeling bad. 

How to be more assertive 

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There is no such thing as being ‘too rude’ when your life is in potential danger. If you’re uncomfortable or feel like someone has invaded your personal space, you should:

  • Stand tall and with confidence
  • Tell them how you feel and assert yourself
  • If the situation does not change, remove yourself

This might be easier said than done, for many people, this is more difficult than it sounds. What we suggest is trying to remain cognisant of the fact that you will probably never see this person again (if they’re a stranger) or if they’re someone you know, consider whether or not this is someone you actually need in your life. 

You should never feel like you HAVE to stay in any situation, you shouldn’t worry about appearing rude or impolite – your personal safety comes first!

Being assertive shows that you respect yourself because you’re willing to stand up for your interests and express your thoughts and feelings. You’re telling yourself and the person threatening your safety that you matter and you will not accept how you’re being treated. Always keep in mind that creating a scene is always a deterrent and appearing confident will keep potential predators at bay anyway.

How to deliver your message the correct way 

Remember, it’s not just what you say but also how you say it that’s important. 

Assertive communication is direct, clear and can be stern. If you communicate in a way that’s too passive, your message may get lost because people will underestimate your seriousness or find it easy to walk over you. 

Our top tips would be for you to:

  1. Keep your emotions in check:

Being overly emotional, crying or panicking can take away from the message you’re delivering. You have every right to be stern and even raise your voice if necessary (this will garner some attention) but try and remain in control of the situation. 

Do not show that you are scared or intimidated, remain calm on the outside, be serious in what you have to say and make yourself heard without compromising yourself. 

  • 2. Use body language: 

Your body language says everything. By simply turning your back to the situation/person and keeping your stance even, your back and shoulders upright, you immediately appear more confident and in control. If this doesn’t deter the person, remove yourself from the situation. Under no circumstances do you need to stay somewhere or with someone who is threatening your safety and security. 

Becoming more assertive can be difficult but it can really add to your safety. It might seem like ‘no big deal’ but being too nice can land you in situations you never intended to be in. If your safety and security is something of concern to you, if you need a risk assessment or if you require some advice on how to increase your security, we’re always here

The Power of Visualisation goes beyond what you might think.

Finding yourself in a risky or threatening situation is a terrifying moment. Your mind can easily go into overdrive. A clear mind and logical thinking can quickly go out the window which can easily escalate the situation at hand. Even though this is a difficult situation to handle and there is no way to predict what will happen, there are ways you can try to reduce the risk of something happening or a situation becoming more volatile. 

It is vital to your safety to understand that there is more you can do to protect yourself that goes beyond your physical protection. Unfortunately, in South Africa in this day and age, this is becoming more and more important for women to focus on. 

Sexual Crime Statistics in South Africa

The statistics on crimes relating to sex and involving women are terrifying. An article in The Citizen summarised some of the crime statistics in South Africa from 2018-2019. 

According to this article, a sexual offence is a broad crime category that includes rape, compelled rape, sexual assault, incest, bestiality, statutory rape and the sexual grooming of children.  In 2018/19, the number of reported sexual offences increased from 50 108 (in 2017/18) to 52 420. Sadly, the majority of these were cases of rape.

Total sexual offences recorded in South Africa in 2018/19

Rape: 41 583

Sexual assault: 7 437

Attempted sexual offences: 2 146

Contact sexual offences: 1 254

Total: 52 420

Looking at these statistics, finding ways to defend yourself is the only way to make sure you will be safe. This is when the power of visualisation becomes an important asset. Learning how to control a situation rather than fight it can sometimes be more beneficial. 

What is the power of visualisation? 

The power of visualisation doesn’t always mean visualising how you want to achieve your goals and visualising your five-year plan. In this instance, the power of visualisation consists of but using the power of visualisation to perceive and predict possible situations that can happen before they do. 

This is about taking note of absolutely everything around you. It might sound odd or a little over dramatic but being completely aware of the people and potential threats that surround you can save you from a very dangerous situation. The true power of visualisation comes from not only seeing a potential threat but from imagining how you would get yourself out of the situation before it’s even happened yet.

How to use the power of visualisation

It’s terrifying never knowing what may or may not happen to you. We live in a constant state of fear that at any given time, we may come into harm’s way.

These visualisation and awareness techniques could potentially help you avoid a risky or unsafe situation:

SLAM 

  • Stop: we’re so busy that we don’t actually take note of what’s going on around us. This is where you are cognizant of your surroundings and the people within them.    
  • Look: once you’ve had the time to stop, you need to look at each and every person in your close proximity, what they could potentially do and their possible intentions.   
  • Assess: once you’ve identified possible threats, this is when you can assess the situation and see what you’re going to do and how you can protect yourself.
  • Manage: this may be the hardest part but this is when you need to manage how you feel, take a breath and decide how you’re doing to manage the situation and prevent it before it happens.

Use your intuition 

Sometimes your gut feeling is right. Use your intuition to avoid threatening situations. For example, your intuition will probably tell you it’s not safe to go out alone at night, this makes you vulnerable. Thus, you would have avoided a risky situation by listening to your gut instinct.

Learn to know what to look for 

Often criminals have tell-tale signs, you need to learn to identify these characteristics and how to avoid unsafe circumstances.

This could be in the sense of how someone is dressed (are they possibly concealing something or are they hiding an element of themselves). How people are acting is also a big indicator, are they behaving slightly erratic or are they being a little sketchy? 

By identifying worrying traits in others, you can identify how to avoid a situation easier. 

Focus on your own body language and reactions 

You need to always appear confident and in control – this is a deterrent. And even though it is very difficult, you need to focus on keeping your mind clear and alert without feeling the need to make irrational decisions. 

The SLAM concept can help you manage the way that you’re thinking and feeling. By taking a moment to assess what is going on around you, you give yourself the time to manage your own thought process and the reactions associated with this.  

We know that it is difficult to manage the outcome of every situation so it is still important to learn how to protect yourself. 

How to protect yourself

In this day and age, it is imperative that you keep yourself safe and reduce your own level of risk. This can be done by:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings – stay vigilant
  • Never pull over when someone points at your car, claiming that something is wrong
  • Always remember to lock your doors when driving or when you’re home alone
  • Limit distractions in parking lots – put your phone away
  • Never leave your bag or personal belongings unattended
  • Make eye contact with other pedestrians
  • Hit the body parts that are the most tender if you have to defend yourself against an attacker – their weaknesses are your strength

Keep in mind though, no matter how many self-defence classes you go to and no matter how hard you try to physically prepare yourself for a situation, your mind is a powerful thing. If your mind is erratic, it will be impossible to think clearly about to manage a situation. Learning about the power of visualisation and how to mentally prepare yourself for a situation will make the world of difference. For more information on how to maximise your safety and security, feel free to contact us.

Making your safety and security a priority doesn’t need to be a great effort or expense. There are small changes you can make that will make a big difference to your safety and security. This article outlines some tips and tricks that will keep you safe at all times. 

By being conscious of your surroundings and ensuring you are as careful as you can be, you can avoid multiple unnecessarily dangerous situations. 

Tiny Safety tips that will make a big difference

These tips may seem obvious or even a little redundant but they can really help you get out of or avoid some sticky situations. 

Remote jamming

Car remote jamming is a big trend in South Africa. This is when thieves use a remote device to block or jam the locking mechanism in vehicles. It’s so popular because it is a simple and uncomplicated crime to commit. It is difficult to detect with perpetrators leaving quickly before they can be apprehended. 

This means it’s very important to check that your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle. 

Check your doors

 Before you leave your house, you should always ensure all doors and windows are locked. This may sound obvious but it’s very easy for anyone to forget, especially if you’re in a hurry. Next time you leave the house, make a conscious effort to ensure everything is locked to avoid easy access for potential criminals.  

Taxi Services

Using online apps like Uber or Taxify is a convenient way to get from A to B. This is a safer alternative to you driving if you plan on drinking alcohol. 

Be more observant

When you’re stopped at a traffic light, walking in the mall or even out for a run, it is vital to always make sure you are aware of your surroundings. 

When you’re out and about, you can easily fall victim to pickpockets, smash and grabs or something far more dangerous. 

Valuables 

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Keep your valuables out of sight and out of reach at all times.

When you’re in the car, don’t keep your handbag or laptop on the seat next to you. Rather keep them in the boot of your car. Don’t leave your cellphone in plain sight either. It’s very easy for criminals to smash your window or reach in and grab your phone. 

When you’re running errands, don’t keep your phone in your back pocket and make sure your valuables are kept close to you. 

Stay in contact 

If you’re planning on going anywhere, even if it’s just to the store, it is wise to let someone know where you’re going.  

If anything happens to you, it would be easier for someone close to you to know something may be wrong if they were aware of where you’re supposed to be. This sounds incredibly tedious but it can truly benefit you in a crisis. 

Why is this important for your safety 

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It may sound overly cautious to constantly check that your doors are locked and that your valuables are out of sight or even just to let a loved one know where you are most of the day but these small changes can have a huge impact. 

In today’s society, you can never be too cautious or too safe, it’s a necessity to overthink your safety. This may seem like obvious advice but you’d be surprised and what can happen when something so trivial is overlooked.    

Safety and security isn’t something we’re guaranteed which makes a safety cheat sheet necessary. We need to work to make sure that we’re safe and secure at all times. This doesn’t only refer to protection officers who are in the business of ensuring their clients are kept safe at all times. This refers to the average individual going about their day, trying to make sure their loved ones are safe too. This is why we’re taking the time to discuss the ultimate safety cheat sheet that you can use every day.

Being safe is a constant concern in various aspects of your life. Thus we’ve outlined our best tips for when you’re at home, while you’re at work and for when you’re travelling. 

At home

Whether you live alone or with your family, there are various measures you can take to ensure that everyone in your home is as safe as possible. 

  • Make your home look occupied at all times. Leave lights and the TV on when you go out. Don’t park your car where it is visible from the street.  
  • Keep trees and bushes around your home trimmed so that they do not provide hiding spaces for intruders.
  • Get to know your neighbours. Good neighbours will be on the lookout for unusual activity and will have a way of contacting you if anything seems suspicious. 
  • Check that all doors and windows are locked before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Even when you are at home, keep external doors locked.
  • Avoid keeping spare keys in obvious hiding places outside your home. Leave them with a trusted friend or family if possible.
  • Ensure that driveways, pathways, and entry points to you home have adequate lighting.
  • Install motion sensor lights on the exterior of your home.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are secure, reinforced and have security bars where necessary.
  • Install an alarm system.
    Install a motion-sensor video camera security system that sends emails or messages with footage to you rather than just recording onto a hard drive.

At the office 

There are some safety precautions that are out of your control at your place of work. However, there are measures you can take to ensure you keep yourself as safe as possible. 

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  • Avoid working too late, leaving work very late in the evening puts you at risk not only in the parking garage but you’re more at risk of getting hijacked or of getting robbed when criminals aren’t as visible. 
  • Remember criminals don’t only operate at night so use the same precautions at all times of the day. 
  • Don’t walk to your car alone at night, try to find a co-worker or a member of the security team to walk with you.  
  • Avoid booking meetings in the evening.
  • If you’re attending meetings in an unfamiliar area, vet the area beforehand. This way you are aware of safe or unsafe areas and so that you’re more comfortable with the area.

On the go

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Travelling is an exciting opportunity whether for business or pleasure. However, there is more risk involved when travelling – especially when travelling abroad.

  • Be informed about your destination. Take the time to learn as much as you possibly can about where you’re headed to, and how you’re going to get there. 
  • Invest in travel insurance because it is intended to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accident and other losses incurred while travelling, either internationally or domestically. Whether you’re going on holiday or travelling for work – travel insurance can help you in various ways.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, so you can protect your valuables at all times. 
  • Keep your documents and passport close. These are vital and can get you into a lot of trouble if they go missing.  
  • Invest in secure travel management

This is a mini-guide and safety cheat sheet to make sure you and your loved ones are safe at all times. But there is always more you can do to escalate your safety and security measures, feel free to contact us if you have any concerns about your current security.  

Executive Protection is an integrated system and deployment of physical and technical security measures and countermeasures. This system is designed to protect the life of principles (clients). Executive protection often features multiple tactics to keep individuals safe. We’ve decided to take a look at the Ideal Executive Protection Package.

Executive protection is a holistic approach to ensuring principles are kept safe no matter the circumstance. Many security companies put various measures in place to ensure their principles are safe but often they don’t offer more than close protection packages or secure travel but there is much more to it than just that. 

You put your entire trust into someone so they need to be able to cater for and be ready for any situation that may arise so how do you know if the company you’re trusting is the correct one?

Deciding on what you need

This is where it’s necessary to pinpoint exactly what you need from a protection company. There are companies that specialise in bodyguards specifically or secure travel specifically so in order for you to ensure that your needs are being met without exceeding your budget. 

Various companies arm themselves with different arsenal, this can include:

  • Staying ahead of industry trends and know-how
  • Keeping up to date with global news and remaining “in the know”
  • Incorporating technology 
  • Professionally trained in protection
  • Soft skills 
  • Travel safety 
  • Medical solutions 
  • And so forth. 

There is a wide range of skills that a protection company needs to be trained in but the knowledge and experience they have goes a much longer way. This is why you should decide on exactly what you need and find a multi-faceted company that can handle these requirements professionally and  efficiently. Ideally, your protection package should include;

The Ideal EXECUTIVE Protection Package

This is based on the specific needs of the client at that time and in the specific location the client finds themselves in.  Due to this, it is important to build the solution around the clients needs and not sell an “off the shelf” service. In close protection there is no one size fits all service.  It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared and potentially at unnecessary risk.  

Our holistic and bespoke services:

Close Protection and VIP Bodyguard services 

Our executive protection professionals, who are experienced in the field of covert and overt security, ensure that you are protected. This should be tailored to each client based on the analysis of their risk profile. All aspects of what the client requires should be covered both internationally and locally. 

Protective surveillance

This allows the client to go about their daily routine without obtrusive protection. However, they will still have peace of mind knowing that they are surrounded and protected by a highly trained team. 

Security drivers and Travel security 

This includes:

  • Daily routine travel
  • Secure transport at short notice
  • Special planned secure transport 

A range of discrete vehicles for various tastes and application can be offered, such as:

  • Armoured Sedans and SUVs
  • Soft-skin Luxury sedan, SUVs and passenger vans 
  • Secure airport transport and Airport VIP services

Airport transfers can become one of the most challenging elements in a planned trip. This can be due to increased criminal activity, political unrest or logistical requirements. We, therefore, provide Secure airport transfers as well as permanent security drivers. This will give you peace of mind while you travel in either high-risk areas or unfamiliar routes. Our highly trained drivers will ensure you arrive at your destination.

Security consulting 

We offer consulting services that include risk and vulnerability assessments, physical security assessments, self-defence and security awareness courses, travel security briefings, firearm training and K&R prevention. 

Advanced medical solutions

This is the merging of executive protection services with medical assistance. The protection company will then be on standby 24/7 to cater to sudden injuries or illnesses. 

  • Aeromedical Service
  • Concierge Doctor
  • On-site Medical Support
  • Operations Command Centre
  • Off-road Medical Capabilities
  • VIP Medical Solutions

These are but a few of the areas that we cover to provide the most comprehensive executive protection package. There are, however, various services that you may not require at first. But it is always refreshing to know that you are covered in all cases of an emergency. There are so many unforeseen circumstances and dangers that you may think will never happen but you never know. To understand more about the ideal protection package, please contact us

Our priority is ensuring our clients are safe and protected at all times regardless of how inaccessible they may be. This is often when medical assistance and security operations combine. These two concepts are married in many circumstances to help bring the best solution to an unforeseen problem.

We’re taking a look at how these separate entities come together in precarious situations. 

What is VIP Medical Assistance and security?

It is the merging of executive protection services with medical assistance where the protection company would be on standby 24/7 to cater to sudden injuries or illnesses by:

  • Servicing the necessary equipment 
  • Administering trained personnel 
  • Using medically approved treatments 

The protection company would ensure that they have the capability, skill and equipment to get to any emergency in a timely response using rapid deployment of advanced medical resources. In our case, we ensure the safety, security and general wellbeing of our clients by maintaining a holistic approach and a complete understanding of the risks within the environment. 

If you or your clients find that you have a considered risk such as high profile visitors, adventure sports or simply need a medic on-site, a protection company should provide fully equipped teams that provide both the required protection services as well as onsite 24/7 emergency medical services and primary health care under a medical practitioner’s guidance. 

The team should be able to provide:

  • Equip and man a simple medical station or onsite medical centres
  • Dedicated all-terrain and 4×4 ambulance services for:
    • Lodges or game lodges
    • Hunting safaris 
    • Eco-centres
    • Eco-adventure tourism 

Our VIP Emergency Medical Solutions:

Specific to Arcangel Protection Services, we provide an array of emergency medical solutions to our clients, these include:  

Aeromedical Service 

Emergency medical situations can be difficult to manage. It is especially difficult when the affected individuals are in remote, difficult to reach locations (private safari lodges). This is something we are uniquely capable of resolving with our experienced and highly trained medical and aviation team.

We can evacuate our clients from remote locations and transfer patients or injured people to the right facility in critical times using an aeroplane or helicopter to ensure there is no time-delay.

Due to the fact that we have these services available, we can also perform:

  • Remote Location Medical Rescue 
  • Patient Transfers
  • Concierge Doctor

This service provides a discreet medical option for those who wish to keep their medical needs out of the public eye. As well as those in remote locations requiring the services of a medical doctor. 

On-site Medical Support

Illnesses or injuries don’t discriminate and they can occur at any time without warning. Every individual is at risk, meaning that no matter where you are, your clients can easily come down with a cold, catch the flu, fall victim to some infection or injure themselves in some manner.

Operations Command Centre 

Our operations command centre ensures our team is fully capable and ready to go at any given time. From managing emergency calls as they come in and assigning the adequate medical professionals from our team based on what’s required to ordering supplies and conducting risk assessments, this solution is the backbone of our service.

Off-road Medical Capabilities 

In most cases, our clients are in remote, difficult to reach locations which is why we have the capabilities to reach them by using all-terrain, 4×4 ambulances and rescue units. We can reach our clients quickly in any off-road incidents.  

VIP Medical Solutions

More often than not, our clients are either high-risk clients or have their own high-risk clients who require discreet and unique solutions and services. We offer tailor-made solutions based on the client, the location and their unique needs.  

Often Executive Protection is thought of primarily but medical needs are only thought of as and when an emergency situation occurs which is why it is ideal to have both needs met by one unique and professional company. If this is something you may need or need more information on, don’t hesitate to contact us