Drugs on Board

To many, the image of the superyacht industry is one of excessive opulence.  A number of recently publicised newspaper articles have exposed the lavish nature of some of the parties being held on board some yachts with revelations of drug taking and prostitution capturing the headlines.

The link with drug abuse and yachts has never exactly been too far away.  Some will associate this link with owners and guests.  However, we cannot ignore the crew.  Many fail to appreciate the hard work involved in working on board a superyacht so when there’s an opportunity for some down time, crew members will naturally want to let their hair down. This article written for The Islander magazine delves into the issue and how it can be dealt with.

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Superyacht Security Strengthened Thanks to Advanced Technology

Growing security pressures in the superyacht industry have been matched by tremendous advancements in security technology. Yachts are now full to the brim with the latest military-grade security gadgets. Drones present a great threat to owner privacy with their ability to fly over and capture personal footage, however integrated security systems can detect any drone in the vicinity of the yacht and find its source. A yacht’s computer systems can be hacked into and the yacht then controlled remotely by the hackers, but software can be installed to prevent this. Then, ultra-modern security sensors, CCTV, lighting, roller shutters, panic rooms can be fitted for additional protection. This article in Superyacht Technology magazine sheds some light on this…

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Seven Steps to Home Protection

The recent upsurge in crime throughout London has been a major cause of concern for most Londoners. Sadly, it now seems that crime has become accepted as part of our daily lives.  Even our homes don’t always offer us safe sanctuary any more. According to the website of the Metropolitan Police, there have been 85,369 burglaries within the past year throughout London alone.  Cuts to policing and admissions from senior police chiefs that burglaries have become a low response priority would make us believe that we’ve waved the white flag of surrender to the burglars.

 

However, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case for all of us.  Burglaries can be preventable and the application of a little common sense, a resolute outlook and a sensible financial outlay can be enough to deter the burglars and suitably protect your home.

 

Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries occur during daylight hours when most people are at work.  Burglars prowl the streets looking for easy targets so the first step is to limit the opportunity and make it tough for them. Below are some tips to help protect your home from unwanted intrusion.

 

  1. Walk around the outside of your home and check out its weaknesses.

This should be the first thing you do prior to reviewing your home security and survey your property with the eyes and mind set of a burglar.  If you observe that a door or a window could be forced open, a thief will also be able to come to the same conclusion.

 

Whilst checking for vulnerable spots, take note of any expensive electronics, art, or furniture that is easily visible through the windows. There’s no need to completely readjust the layout of your home to keep expensive valuables out of sight, it’s easy to make a few adjustments to minimise any temptation.

 

  1. Keep outer fences, gates, and garage doors locked.

 

Sounds obvious but carelessness is the burglars’ best friend.  As a minimum, invest in a quality padlock for each outside entrance and keep them locked at all times. It may be an inconvenience to keep locking and unlocking but it all adds to the protection of your home.  Also, never leave any doors open if you aren’t present or able to keep an eye on it.  A burglar can be inside your home via an unattended door in a matter of seconds.

 

  1. Keep all doors and windows closed and locked at all times.

 

Another seemingly obvious one but an open window or door is an invitation for burglars to easily enter your home.  Always keep them shut and securely locked whether you’re home or not. Don’t underestimate strong window locks, and update them if necessary.  Thieves know how to spot weak locks that could be easily forced open. Ensure that your exterior doors have deadbolt locks; a fully tested security door is a worthy investment. Sliding doors should have vertical bolts and a sturdy rod in the track to prevent being forced open or doors being lifted off the track. Never, ever leave your home without locking the front door, no matter how small your trip. Prior to leaving the house, always take that extra few seconds to ensure that everything is locked up.

 

  1. Install motion sensor lighting around your home.

 

Surprise and expose a potential intruder before he can even reach your doors or windows by adding additional lighting with motion detectors at entrances and especially dark corners of your home. When used correctly, security lighting is an extremely effective deterrent and should cover the full external perimeter of your home.

 

  1. Get to know your neighbours.

 

Your neighbours can be one of your best assets in home crime prevention because they can offer extra eyes and an outside perspective.  An assertive and tight-knit community can have a huge impact on crime reduction because neighbours are more likely to look out for each other and can easily spot a stranger.  In addition, if their work or school schedule differs to yours, they might be around during the day when you’re away and can respond to any suspicious activity that may occur in your absence.

 

  1. Consider buying a home security system.

 

There are numerous features with most modern security systems.  Some particularly valuable features are outdoor motion detectors, sensors at exterior doors, windows, security cameras and an outdoor audible alarm to alert other neighbours of an intrusion. Select the features that best fit your needs and be sure to go with a well-known, reputable company. Once it’s installed, familiarise yourself with it and make it a regular habit to use it.

 

It may seem inconvenient to have to arm the system every time you leave your home but many burglars are aware that this responsibility is often neglected. Reduce any false alarms by informing everyone with access to your property about the security system and ensure that they know how to use it.  Regular false alarms will annoy your neighbours and may induce expensive fines.  Moreover, you may get the boy-who-cried-wolf effect where your neighbours eventually learn to ignore your alarm every time it goes off.

 

  1. Reinforce windows with safety glass or metal bars.

 

This may seem an extreme step, but burglars will often break a small window to gain entry. Add an additional layer to your home security by installing safety glass or metal bars. There are plenty of decorative options for metal grilles that can make the adjustment both practical and aesthetically-pleasing.  If this is unfeasible, you can purchase a film in most DIY stores to stick over the glass to make it harder to break.  Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.  Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows.

 

 

Specialist security guard on watch looking out to sea

Working in Superyacht Security – Top Tips

For most close protection specialists, working on board a luxury yacht is one of the high points of their career. There are few roles that are as prestigious as working on board a superyacht, with all the surrounding opulence and grandiose extravagance, while cruising around some of the world’s most glamorous spots.  Most would agree that working on board a superyacht is undoubtedly one of the most desirable positions in the security industry.

However, as highly prestigious as this type of work may appear initially, the potential for messing up and subsequently losing your job (and reputation) can be high.  Each luxury yacht is different, as are its owners, but whether on an anti-piracy task or providing close protection to the owners or guests, being forewarned is forearmed, and some advance preparation and knowledge is advisable. Here are a few basic tips to help make sure you’re well prepared for that coveted role.

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Home & Yacht Security – Some Basic Principles

Summer is once again upon us and a large number of superyachts make their annual return to the Mediterranean.  The warm weather and the relaxed lifestyle naturally puts people at ease however the summer season typically sees an increase in the number of burglaries.  In this article for Yacht Investor magazine, we discuss some basic methods of how to improve the overall security of your yacht and home.

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Intrepid Receives the Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme

It is with great satisfaction that Intrepid Risk is the proud recipients of the Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The Armed Forces Covenant is working with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the armed forces through services, policy and projects.

As a company whose ethics and values embody and reflect those very same values of the British military, based on loyalty, integrity, trust and high professional standards, it is fitting that our highly skilled and experienced security operatives are specifically selected from within our close network of high quality former British military personnel. Intrepid Risk has strong links to the British military and wholeheartedly supports this initiative.

As a signatory, Intrepid Risk commits to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the armed forces community. We recognise the value that serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our business and to our country. Therefore, as signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant, Intrepid Risk recognises that:

The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.

Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.

Manners Maketh Man – The Importance of Etiquette

The proverb ‘manners maketh man’ derives from a shared understanding that courtesy and good manners are essential to the preservation of human interaction and relationships. Good manners can be applied to several aspects of human life, including how we speak, the words we use, the tone of our voice, our gestures and our actions. However, an understanding of etiquette, protocol and displaying good manners are an essential aspect for any professional close protection officer.

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Security Advice for the Wealthy

A lifestyle filled with beautiful homes, supercars and superyachts is what most of us dream of but this ostentatious lifestyle can have a somewhat sinister downside. As envious as being super-wealthy may be, wealthy individuals and their families are usually high on the criminals’ radar. With continued concerns for the growing crime rate in London, in this article for Family Office Elite magazine, Ed Hill gives some brief advice on how to be more aware of your personal security and minimise the chances of you becoming yet another crime statistic.

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Maritime Security In Southeast Asia

The problem of maritime piracy in Southeast Asia is as old as piracy itself. Although many associate the scourge of modern piracy with the waters surrounding Somalia, for the past few years Southeast Asia has had the unenviable title of being the global piracy hotspot. Superyacht security expert Ed Hill reports on the issue in Family Office & Yacht Management magazine. To view the article in full… CLICK HERE

Travel Advice – Dubai

In recent years Dubai has burst onto the scene as a bustling global city, a haven for superyachts, supercars and the super-rich. Ranked as the most expensive city in the Middle East, Dubai is also the business hub of the Middle East. Dubai’s thriving economic model is driven by tourism, real estate, aviation and financial services. Security expert Ed Hill looks at the rules and regulations that Westerners should observe when travelling to Dubai.

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