Month: June 2018

Benefits Of Private Security Companies

Benefits Of Private Security Companies

Benefits Of Private Security Companies

Amongst the stress and responsibilities that come with running a company, crime is a reality that many businesses and property owners have to face. Unfortunately the safety of your business cannot rely solely on public security forces – such as the police – whose main concern is to maintain the welfare of the public as a whole. Police cannot enter private property or watch over personal property, and this leaves gaps in the safety of your business. Hiring a private security company will ensure personalized protection over yourself and your personal property or business, and is a service that you can rely on to look after your best interests.

Why Private Security Is Better

To be part of a legitimate private security company in South Africa, security personnel must be licensed by or accredited with PSIRA. This license proves that the security officer has skills such as crime and accident prevention and physical security, as well as knowing emergency procedures, terrorism awareness, and basic first aid.

Private organizations like Mantis  Security ensure that their employees meet these requirements, and have performed rigorous background checks on each employee. They also enforce training practices on the job, and supervise their employees to maintain a high standard of work.

Another advantage of hiring a private security company is the increased scope of protection they may offer you. Private security often covers personal bodyguard protection, uniformed or unmarked security, patrols, or even undercover security. They will first consult with you the needs of your company’s safety, and will set up an appropriate force tailored perfectly to your needs. Private security also often has newer and more effective equipment, because they are not restricted by government funding. This allows them to truly ensure full coverage without compromising your safety.

Local private security guard companies also provide superior communication to their clients.  If the contracted organization must immediately make contact with a private security company located very far away, then the business is relying on telephonic and electronic mailing systems to communicate.  If the information that needs to be communicated is urgent, then a representative can stop by the offices of the local private security guard company to address the matter.  This is especially useful when there an unexpected block in the communication process such as a failure in electronics systems, internet connection failure, and power outages. Even when the systems are down, businesses continue to operate.  A convenient local private security guard company can help to ease business operations when circumstances become unexpectedly difficult.

Finally, it is always beneficial to support local companies when seeking services. Additionally, hiring a local private security guard company can also help a business in terms of marketing and networking.  The local private security guard company is full of employees who may refer people to the client for business inquiries. The presence of a local security guard shows that there is care for the community and support for local business.

 

If you’re interested in supporting a local, private security company with decades of vested experience, click here to get in touch with us today!

 

 

Advantages Of Having Security Guards At Your Business

Advantages Of Having Security Guards At Your Business

Advantages Of Having Security Guards At Your Business

Hiring professional security guards for your business is important to deal with several risks including crimes, thefts, and assault. Regardless of the size and type, businesses are vulnerable to several security concerns like an assault at workplace, employees’ disputes, vandalism, and thefts. These security threats not only risk the lives and infrastructure in your premises but also blot your business reputation.

Therefore, you can’t afford to run your business without having professional security guards in your workplace. They not only protect your business facility from crimes but also create a sense of security for owners, employees and the visitors.

What to Consider While Hiring a Security Guard Company

If you are seeking security guard services for your business, make sure to choose the professional and experienced security company that meets your requirement and budget as well. Therefore, keep these things in mind while choosing a private security company for your business:

  • Prefer locally-owned security company as they can serve you better with more personal attention
  • Be sure they only provide security services and preferably specialise in this field
  • Look at the background and experience of the company
  • They must be customer oriented

Advantages of Having a Security Guard at Your Work Premises

  • Security Guards Offer a Sense of Security

The presence of guards provides peace of mind and a sense of security not only to the business owners, but also to the employees and customers. Employees are more efficient and productive at work when they don’t worry about their safety. Hiring guards also increases employee retention, especially in businesses that are located in high-risk areas or those that sell high-end products. Say for instance, jewellery shops and banks. Additionally, their presence also lets your customers know that you are genuinely concerned about their welfare.

  • Security Guards Help to Deter and Prevent Crimes

Guards deter crimes because they are trained to assess any suspicious activity. In this way, they can stop these from happening before they can escalate and become a problem. Having armed guards also sends a message to potential criminals that you are serious about protecting your business, thus, preventing them from making your business their target. Also, they can alert local law enforcement when crimes are committed.

  • Security Guards Promote Good Customer Service

Guards can also act as customer service ambassadors. They can help man the front desk and interact with your customers and clients, promoting better customer service. They can direct people to find products, get to the right location, or serve as escorts for customers and employees, especially during the night.

  • Security Guards Will Handle Security Issues Before They Become a Problem

Security guards are trained to respond to safety issues. In the event that an actual crime occurs, they are the best people who can handle the situation. They can get to the site promptly, apprehend the suspects, interview witnesses, secure the victim, or check the area for obstructions or safety risks. Also, they can create a loss prevention report or keep evidence that is helpful in court.

  • Security Guards on Your Premises Help Maintain a Safe and Secure Environment

Guards are experienced and trained in various practices, such as after-hour patrolling, monitoring video surveillance, restricting access to areas and checking for visitor credentials, etc.

 

For any information regarding hiring a security guard (armed or unarmed) for your business or home, click here to get in touch with us today!

 

Source credits: http://www.admiralpersonnel.com.au/news/5-advantages-of-hiring-security-guards-for-your-business/

 

Why Is a Risk Assessment Important?

Why Is a Risk Assessment Important

Why Is a Risk Assessment Important?

A comprehensive physical inspection and evaluation of all security systems, controls, and their parameters in a particular public/private property, asset or an organization is called physical security assessment. Generally, it is the combined process of conducting intensive audit and analysing the audit results pertaining to the entire physical security mechanism of any particular facility

Security assessments are an excellent way to evaluate your existing security program and a great first step to take prior to making security improvements at your facility or when trying to solve a specific security problem.

Mantis Security offers on site security risk assessment services that bring peace of mind to our clients, whether they are private individuals, businesses or organizations. Our consultants are trained to provide a professional security risk assessment that details the potential threat, how the threat might manifest itself and how to mitigate the risk of that threat.

The results of the risk assessment analysis will indicate methods of application and recommendation of a proposed security structure as well as economic analysis of cost. The security assessment uses a structured, formal analysis process that allows us to develop a deep understanding of your business, operating conditions, corporate culture, and unique security risks and threats.

While client involvement is crucial to success, consultants facilitate the assessment every step of the way, keeping the project on track, and making sure that all important elements are examined.

Importance of Physical Security Audit

There are many kinds of natural as well as human initiated threats to the resources, assets, sensitive information and business secrets that can result in either partial or complete devastation of a person or an organization. Those threats strike either through IT network or through physical intrusion.

Intrusion into IT resources is much easier, if a hacker is able to physically intrude into your facilities. So, the physical security systems should be 100% active, effective and alert all the time that can be achieved by implementing frequent physical security audits. Security audits can help you find flaws and deficiencies in the security systems so that you can easily resolve them to them robust and sturdy. A robust security system is necessary to safeguard your assets and business related strategic information.

Major Problems Physical Security Assessments Can Uncover

Physical security assessments can uncover numerous problems associated with the organization or office security. A robust security system may include numerous security controls, such as, human guards, physical locks, intelligent locks, fences, CCTV system, lighting, alarm systems, goods movement controls and many others. And, physical security assessment finds out the security gaps related to an existing security policy of the organization are uncovered with the help of visual inspection and operational activities. The main problems uncovered by the physical security assessment include:

 

  • Lack of proper follow up for the security policy by higher management to implement it
  • Very poor level of motivation, supervision and monitoring over the human security guards hired from the third party contractors, which lead to improper adherence to security policy procedures
  • Low level of precaution and care by employees about the valuable assets of company such as, laptops, furniture, office equipment, workstations and others which are compromised by a less-than-efficient security system.
  • Both the employees and the security staff are not very well aware/trained about the security policy and procedures while accessing assets, working with assets and leaving the company.
  • Proper wearing the company identification badges. Many third party contractors and employees don’t wear badges all the time; or the pictures of badge holder on those badges are unrecognizable.
  • Poor control over the visitors to the company or its employees. Many employees either escort their guests with them or they don’t make the proper entries in the visitor registers.
  • Security screening of the employees of a third party contractor. Many employees working with contractors are not fully screened in normal situations.
  • The lack of secure handling and movement of documents within the company and outside the company premises is another critical issue mostly found in security audits.
  • Skilfully monitoring of electronic security system is another issue due to unskilled staff that operate them .
  • The regular testing, maintenance and monitoring of the security equipment at all points are not conducted as per defined policy.
  • Inadequate lighting inside and outside the building, backyard or walls is another important issue commonly highlighted by the security audits

 

For a security assessment on existing systems, or before implementing news ones, click here to get in touch with us today!

 

Source credits: https://www.getkisi.com/blog/physical-security-assessment-problems-it-can-uncover

 

 

Mantis Security – Where We Began and Where We’re Headed

Mantis Security

Mantis Security – Where We Began and Where We’re Headed

Started in 1986 under the name R&M Security Services, Mark Kramer, along with his brother Raymond, were determined to challenge the ugly face of crime in a changing South Africa.

Mark Kramer was 23 years old at the time, fresh out of the SADF infantry where he served as a platoon commander.

Back then, there were no regulations and no minimum wages, but R&M knew that when their guards were treated with respect and paid fairly, their job performance would be better. Their first client was a friend in the plumbing business whose property was broken into. Through top-quality service and perseverance, R&M grew from one guarding contract to 30 others in lightning-fast speed, reaching into the residential, commercial and retail spheres.

In 1991 Mark Kramer suffered a terrible motorbike accident and decided to sell R&M. Whilst recovering, he wasted no time in bettering his security knowledge and skills. He went on Sabbatical, traveling to the Far East, USA and Israel, attending security lectures, seminars and conferences. It was here he realized that he was itching to get back into the industry he loved so much. He returned to South Africa and immediately, in 1992 established Mantis Security. Now over 25 years later, Mantis is still learning, engaging and adapting to its market, always striving to be the best of the best for its clients.

Mantis believes in building long lasting relationships and providing customer service above and beyond its competitors. Today, Mantis Security is rated one of the top security companies in South Africa and a pioneer in the security industry. With your support, Mantis intends on keeping it this way.

Mantis Security – Vision for The Future of Security in South Africa

Not only has Mantis already incorporated many aspects of security on South Africa which have not been met by existing security companies, but they have expanded into a new division – Mantis Vision. This division offers proactive guarding services using state-of-the-art cameras and software which detects unusual behaviour all day, every day.

Linked to a state of the art control room and highly trained personnel, Mantis Vision will contact the armed reaction partner of choice to inform them of any unusual sightings at your premises, business or residential. Clients are also notified of suspect events by means of a video clip sent to your cell phone or by email notifications.

How does Mantis vision work? A professional will inspect your premises and determine where smart cameras are to be installed. A series of questions will be asked relating to high risk and high traffic areas together with your exact security concerns. Our team will then install and setup the surveillance system on your premises with surveillance starting immediately.

For any information on Mantis Security services or Mantis Vision services, click here to get in touch with us today!

Benefits of Using an External Resource for an Internal Investigation

Benefits of Using an External Resource for an Internal Investigation

Benefits of Using an External Resource for an Internal Investigation

With increased scrutiny surrounding workplace investigations, the importance of getting investigations ‘right’ has never been greater.  The best person to conduct an internal investigation isn’t always the next available company investigator. Different cases require different skill-sets and circumstances sometimes require the services of an outside resource.

One of the biggest challenges in workplace investigations is finding the right people. Different cases require different skill-sets and circumstances sometimes require the services of an outside resource. The focus should be on getting the right people who have the skill set that you need; people who understand how to handle investigations and how to limit themselves to the scope that they’re focusing on.

Benefits of an Outsourced Investigator

  • You may not have capacity to investigate internally

The first step in deciding who should investigate a case is to assess the situation and decide whether or not the case can be handled by an internal investigator.

Sometimes you simply don’t have a suitable internal resource, or the “bandwidth” to handle the investigation. Investigations should be undertaken quickly to ensure fair treatment of the person, process or situation being investigated. Delays due to lack of resources can have a negative impact on the whole process.

In these cases it’s clear that you need to use an outside resource. But there are other considerations that may also dictate use of external investigators.

  • You may not have the specific skill-set required to conduct the investigation thoroughly

There are times when you may not have an investigator on staff with the necessary skills to conduct a particular investigation.

For example, a serious allegation of fraud or embezzlement may require specialized forensic investigation skills. A sexual harassment accusation may require an investigator with sensitivity training or experience with workplace harassment investigations – each cause for investigation will likely need expertise from the investigator and that experience is rarely present in day-to-day functioning of businesses.

  • When executives are investigated – it needs to be handled with care

It may not be appropriate for internal investigators to conduct investigations of certain high-level staff.

It depends on the sensitivity of the issue, the level of the person being investigated. One reason mid-level staff may want to steer clear of internal investigations of higher-level staff is that they’re likely aiming to have an on-going relationship with that group of people or specific person. If internal staff are conducting the investigation, it changes the relationship. The best (and easiest) option is to coordinate or facilitate having an expert from external come in, who is a skilled investigator and who doesn’t have anything to lose in playing a part in this particular investigation.

  • Conflict of interest

An internal investigator must be able to investigate a case objectively, and this means that they cannot have a vested interest in the outcome. You have to ask them to either remove themselves from the case, or, if you’re going to let them continue, then you’ve got to have checks all along the way to assure that emotion hasn’t guided the process. It’s extremely rare for someone with a vested interest to be allowed to investigate.

Having an external investigator conducting the process of investigation, you are guaranteed an impartial and honest report from a neutral party.

  • Keeping work relationships civil and professional

Advice is typically leveraged against assigning an internal resource to investigate a staff member with whom they, or their team members, have a working relationship. It may be difficult for the investigator to remain impartial and to avoid labelling.

They get very emotional about an allegation and they build their perceptions into realities that are very subjective. And it is hard for people to step away and say ‘but what are the facts?’. Emotionally they’re tired of dealing with the individual. So it’s really hard with people in workplace investigations to step away from that emotion.

It can be very tenuous for you to have somebody as part of your team who has investigated somebody you’re trying to have a relationship with. It ruins all future (relationships) when it comes to trying to work day-to-day. Hiring an outsourced investigator is a sure-fire way to mitigate the risk of souring good working relationships, without having to forfeit a serious investigation.

 

If you require investigations – whether it is at home or work – click here to get in touch with us today.

 

 

VIP Bodyguard Services – Benefits and Inclusions

VIP Bodyguard Services

VIP Bodyguard Services – Benefits and Inclusions

Mantis Security offers a full range of discreet and reliable VIP security services. The Mantis Close Protection Unit is a team of highly skilled security specialists. All team members are fully accredited Close Protection Officers (CPO’s) and are registered with the Private Security Industry Regulation Authority and S.A.S.S.E.T.A

We can provide overt protection, with a uniformed VIP security services team, or discrete surveillance. Members of the Mantis Close Protection Unit have been deployed to protect government officials, athletes, celebrities, corporate executives and their families.  Our high profile clients can have absolute confidence in our commitment to discretion and client confidentiality.

What Are The Benefits of VIP Bodyguarding?

VIP security differs from regular crowd control or static security services. With this specialist kind of security, security guards or bodyguards are personally responsible for the protection of a celebrity or person of notoriety.

There can be many reasons why famous people and celebrities might be targeted and need protection:

  • Money
  • Fame
  • Stalking
  • Political aspirations

…to name just a few of the common ones.

VIP security services are there to both protect the VIP, while at the same time ensuring fans and other people keep their distance. This kind of security also helps to guarantee at least some semblance of privacy while the celebrity is at home or on location somewhere.

Even if there is no immediate danger, over-enthusiastic fans can also cause concerns when they get too close to a popular VIP, movie star or pop star.

The main advantage of hiring specialist VIP security services is the experience and expertise that comes with the territory.

Benefits of Bodyguards – For the VIP

Increase Your Productivity

If you spend less time worrying about your personal safety, you will be able to focus more on the important parts of your life such as your occupation, your family, and more. Whether you’re a politician or a CFO, having executive protection will give you peace of mind so you can focus on what matters.

Reduce Anxiety About Stalkers

Individuals in industries that are high-risk in terms of personal threats such as banking, pharmaceuticals, and politics need to be aware that their occupation may lead to unexpected hazards. The CEO of a bank may need executive protection to prevent someone from kidnapping him or her and demanding they have access to a vault with millions of rands. Some companies, and it doesn’t matter how big or small, advertise too much information about their employees, and someone with ill intentions and a habit of cyber-stalking may take their criminal activities to the streets. Under the careful watch of a professional security agent, your safety is being guarded from all possible angles. You can worry less about being a victim and continue with your daily life.

 

For information on our VIP Bodyguarding services, click here to get in touch with us today!

Source credits: http://www.regalsecuritytraining.com.au/blog/the-advantages-of-vip-security-protection/

http://fortisiep.com/the-benefits-of-executive-protection/

 

Warehousing & Stock Loss Control South Africa – Why Warehouse Security is a Need, not a Want

Warehousing & Stock Loss Control South africa

Warehousing & Stock Loss Control South Africa – Why Warehouse Security is a Need, not a Want

Stock loss control is something that should be front-of-mind for anyone in the wholesale distribution business. In the simplest of terms, stock loss control involves having greater oversight over one’s stock, designing the necessary systems to identify the causes of shrinkages and implementing an effective action plan to minimize the risks associated with any stock control losses. Some refer to it as “internal control” or even as an accounting system set up to safeguard assets. Let’s take a look at why stock loss control is so important as well as what’s involved in developing an effective system.

What is Stock Loss Control & Why Is It Important?

Understanding what you have, where it is in your warehouse, and when stock is going in and out can help lower costs, speed up fulfilment, and prevent fraud. Your company may also rely on inventory control systems to assess your current assets, balance your accounts, and provide financial reporting.

Stock loss control is also important to maintaining the right balance of stock in your warehouses. You don’t want to lose a sale because you didn’t have enough inventories to fill an order. Constant inventory issues (frequent backorders, etc.) can drive customers to other suppliers entirely. The bottom line? When you have control over your inventory, you’re able to provide better customer service. It will also help you get a better, more real-time understanding of what’s selling and what isn’t.

But what if you don’t have the capacity to carry out internal stock control systems and audits? Then it’s time to consider outsourcing this vital process to professionals.

The Benefits of Outsourcing Stock Loss Control

Benefits of Outsourcing Stock Loss Control  – Improve Overall Process Efficiency

Every manufacturer becomes more competitive when they can focus on their core business. Efficiencies gained from outsourcing inventory management allow a company to:

  • Maintain focus on core competencies
  • Avoid outlying, resource-intensive tasks
  • Reduce or eliminate the presence of theft and syndicates, either within the company or external threats.

Benefits of Outsourcing Stock Loss Control  – Free Up Resources

Every company has a limited pool of capital, both monetary and personnel. Tying up either of these reduces efficiency. Freeing up capital as management time and resources makes sense because this can:

  • Trim management administration costs
  • Reduce sourcing and shortage issues
  • Minimize management distractions
  • Reduce the chance of disciplinary hearings as a result of internal theft.

If you’re ready to outsource your warehouse & stock loss control, click here to get in touch with us today!

 

Source credit: https://www.industrialspec.com/about-us/blog/detail/inventory-management-support-systems-services-outsourcing-5-reasons

Special Events & Function Security – The Importance of Having Security at Your Events

Special Events & Function Security

Special Events & Function Security – The Importance of Having Security at Your Events

Whether you are planning a business conference, an extravagant family wedding, or hosting a VIP event, event security should be high on your priority list. Ensuring you have security on the premises during any event is a sure way to keep all guests safe and ensure peace of mind throughout the proceedings.

Benefits of Hiring a Security Company for Special Events and Functions

Having security working onsite for any event you host is not only a way to give you and your guests comfort and security, but it also helps to add to the level of professionalism you have, especially when you are hosting corporate events and conferences. By providing security and protection, you are showing potential business partners, investors and associates that you genuinely care for their well-being as well as their own personal interests.

Whether you are planning a private gathering or hosting a formal work event, having a security team on your side is highly recommended to keep everyone safe and protected at all times.

Recent criminal attacks have shown the importance of proper event safety and security planning, and the value of effective emergency response. Sporting events, fairs, festivals, concerts, conferences, fund raisers, political campaigns, and exhibitions, by their very nature attract crowds and may also become targets for crimes such as theft, robbery, assault and even terrorism.

These events become bigger targets as crowds assemble and grow. They may also become opportunities for special interest groups to publicly demonstrate. Poor event planning, management, crowd control, security, and ineffective emergency response, increase the likelihood of injuries, property damage and even catastrophic attacks.

Proper event safety and security must be tailored to each specific event and potential exposure.

How Does Mantis Security Ensure Safety at Events and Functions?

Mantis Security can provide a full range of bespoke corporate and special event security services with guaranteed professionalism and reliability. Our corporate event security services are individually tailored to our client’s requirements and our expert security operations are thoroughly planned with your team and all stakeholders, including police and other local authorities.

We have a wealth of experience in providing special in-depth management of your event including the build/breakdown phases of your event, health and safety measures, admittance of authorized personnel and guests, parking restrictions, overnight security and more. We also provide the highest calibre of guards and stewards who are well-trained, courteous and vigilant in their duties.

 

Keen to enjoy the freedom of having your event or function fully covered by trained professionals? Click here to get in touch with us today!

 

Source credits: http://www.sterlingprotective.com/news/hiring-a-security-guard-for-an-event-benefits-and-roles-of-event-security/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-proper-event-safety-security-your-events-james-tobin

 

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Security Consulting Services South Africa

Security Consulting Services South Africa

Security Consulting Services South Africa

Think you don’t need a security consultant? Think again.

In the 21st century, most businesses have really wrapped their minds around the benefits of using an outsourced consultant in key areas of their business. Curiously, one area many have been slower to adopt the use of independent consultants help in is security. Perhaps security directors and managers are reluctant because they believe security consultancies offer nothing they don’t already know. Perhaps they are fearful that they will seem like they can’t handle the job they were hired to do to executive teams, or perhaps they simply think they will be too expensive to fit within their budget.

While such concerns seem valid, other specialized industries have incorporated the use of independent consultants with vastly different results than these fears might suggest.

Outsourced Security Consultants Fill Two Key Roles for Internal Security Teams

There are two general ways that businesses have successfully used security consultant services. Either clients hire consultants on a per-project, temporary basis, or the consulting continues on an indefinite basis as a cost-saving measure to supplement their security team with particular specializations when needed.

Project Based: This, ‘classic’ independent contractor relationship allows for the provision of specialized oversight, direction, advice, or assistance on specific projects that are either directly related to security or that have a unique security need.

As Needed/Outsourcing: For smaller firms that have smaller or no internal security forces, security consultants can recommend and direct specialized security solutions as needed. This is a cost-efficient model for businesses that don’t have the need or budget for a full time security director.

Benefits of Using an Outside Consultancy You May Not Yet Have Realized

Whether you hire a security on an as-needed basis or for a specific project, the bottom line is that their job is to help you lower your risk by accurately analysing your needs. As forward-thinking security directors already understand, you cannot be an expert in everything. Thus, bringing in an outside security consultant does not make them weak or inefficient. Rather, it makes them stronger and better able to protect their business from risks.

The specific benefits of using an outside security consultant are fairly numerous. However, here are a few highlights to help those of you out there reading this that are security directors or on the executive team responsible for making your company’s security decisions get your mind thinking in the right direction:

One of the greatest benefits of using an outside consultant is that they can provide you with a fresh, unbiased perspective on security issues with your business. It’s very easy to get too close to issues and be unable to see things someone not directly involved with your businesses day to day can notice upfront.

Security consultants receive regular training throughout the year to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, trends, and best-practices in the security industry to provide the best advice and risk-mitigation strategies.

One thing many clients appreciate is the ‘neutrality’ outside security consultants can offer. This allows for real, raw and truthful reporting without fear of the retribution that may prevent internal whistle-blowers from feeling like they can come forward about existing security issues.

An independent consultant can focus solely on the security concern you need, freeing your internal security lead to be able to oversee daily activities to maintain security standards.

Experienced security consultants have so much experience implementing security measures, they are more efficient than if left to internal teams implementing such measures for the first time.

There are all kinds of specializations within modern business security and it’s unrealistic to expect a single director to acquire them all. Employing an expert in all kinds of security issues like video surveillance, workplace violence programs, creating security plans for expansions and new facilities, etc. helps by placing a an experienced, trained professional in the position to bring his particular skillset to the forefront, without diluting the workload in order to “simply get by”.

When your security director may not have the ability to sway the executive team’s opinion on an important security manner, bringing in an objective voice from an independent consultant can validate such security concerns and help secure executive support.

All of these benefits revolve around specialization and efficiency strengths that ultimately lower risk and save money.

 

If you’re ready to experience the freedom of having your security handled by industry experts, click here to get in touch with us today.

Source credits: http://enigmaeurope.com/benefits-hiring-security-consultant/

Counter Terrorism South Africa – A Surety You Didn’t Know Was Vital

counter terrorism south africa

Counter Terrorism South Africa – A Surety You Didn’t Know Was Vital

“At least 50 South Africans killed or injured by terrorists since 2010”; an article published in The Citizen outlines some sobering statistics.

“South African citizens are in the top 10 for nationalities targeted by terrorists. South African citizens ranked among the top 10 nationalities in the world targeted by major terrorist groups, such as Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and pirates, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Responding to The Citizen’s enquiry, ISS senior researcher specialising in counter-terrorism Martin Ewi said South Africans were increasingly targeted by terrorist organisations in Mali, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. According to the ISS, the risk of kidnapping for South African citizens is particularly high in Somalia by pirates and al-Shabaab.

Ewi added that al-Qaeda and a new umbrella group called Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali, the Niger Delta Avengers and Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen as well as IS in Syria and Iraq were a serious danger to South Africans. At least 50 South Africans have been killed, kidnapped or injured by terrorist groups operating in these countries (Mali, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria and Iraq) since 2010. South Africa is now believed to rank among the top 10 countries most attractive to terrorist or violent extremist groups in the world,” said Ewi.”

How Does Mantis Security Implement Counter Terrorism?

Mantis Security can provide protective and counter-terrorism security advice to support businesses in order to reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats. We draw on a wide range of expertise including; skilled detectives, financial investigators, intelligence analysts. We also work closely with police forces throughout the country, government departments and other agencies.

While the threat of terrorism is a rarely discussed topic, it is a very real threat.

 

If you’d like any information on how Mantis Security can help your business mitigate and react to terrorist threats or suspicions, click here to get in touch today!