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New from CSSN

Posted by Don Weiss on November 28, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Two new features from CSSN - https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/cssn-news-item-november-27-2017-announcing-new-regional-piracy-interactive-infographics-updated-precautions/

The Regional Zoom-Tap maps (one for Central America and one for the Trinidad region) look to be a great tool for keeping yourself aware of current security incidents and for trip planning - check them out here - https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/regional-piracy-infographics/.

The General Security Precautions page ...

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Awareness Training and Note on Ego

Posted by Don Weiss on November 27, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

From Mr Hatmaker - http://indigenousability.blogspot.com/2017/11/warrior-awareness-drills-by-mark.html.

He provides some excellent, common sense advice on how to build awareness. We are always told - be more aware - Mr. Hatmaker gives us a couple of examples of how to do so. Avoiding the confrontation or ensuring you set the environment if something bad is to happen - these are the main concepts I would like to ensure people understand.

An excellent quote from the article -

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Letting Air In & Keeping Thieves Out

Posted by Don Weiss on November 21, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

From Matt and Jessica's Sailing Page - http://www.mjsailing.com/letting-air-in-keeping-thieves-out-hopefully/

A novel solution to an age old problem - how to get air flowing through the vessel (without A/C and a generator running) and still stay secure from thieves and trespassers.

Some have opted for stainless steel bars instead of a solid hatch/door.

All have some sort of drawback to them - from ease of egress to aesthetic value. Research and develop your own solutions, b...

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10 Boat Burglaries in Marathon

Posted by Don Weiss on November 7, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Depite the Hurricane hitting the area, this happens.

Detectives investigate ten boat burglaries in Marathon

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating burglaries to ten boats kept at Marina Mike’s South on Avenue I in Marathon.

The burglaries were reported Friday from the manager of the business who said he had noticed a number of vessels were...

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St Lucia Assault

Posted by Don Weiss on November 5, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/date-2017-10-25-0130-country-name-st-lucia-location-detail-soufriere-event-assault/" target="_blank">Caribbean Safety and Security Net - an armed (knives and guns) vessel invasion.

Please read the article. Sounds like a 'if we don't report this (the media) it didn't happen' kind of story.

As the recovery from the two hurricanes continues (in the region), there may be more incidents like this occuring. Not that there is...

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Words of Advice

Posted by Don Weiss on November 3, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Lifted from http://defense-training.com/holsters/march-2003-quips/ -

"19 Mar 03

Layers of response:

Years ago, Jeff Cooper delineated the “Color Code” and the “Principles of Personal Defense” in an effort to provide us with a logical model for one’s thinking on the subject of mental preparedness. I’d like now to go to the next step and apply the same...

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Piracy Returning?

Posted by Don Weiss on November 3, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just a short observation.

Piracy has never really gone away. Maritime theft has been around as long as there have been boats. There are upsurges in activity, and lulls, as well as media 'over-coverage' of events.

Another aspect is defining piracy - is it theft from a fisherman? from a cruising vessel? Or is it solely a commercial matter? Statistics provided by government agencies primarily concern themselves with commercial shipping and insurance company claims. What of the rest o...

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Pirates and Bilge Pumps

Posted by Don Weiss on October 27, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What a combination!

Actually - it is two separate articles I came across today.

1- Piracy - http://www.bwsailing.com/bw/blue-water-sailing/pirate-attack/.  An article about a sailing vessel's encounter with suspected pirates/thieves in SE Asia.

Comments: Arm chair quarterbacking the article, there seems a bit to think about. How far is the sailing vessel willing to go to in ...

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Travel Security, Part Six - Finale

Posted by Don Weiss on October 25, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Travel Security, Final Part


The planning and execution of the attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City illustrates this process. Consider how a vigilant person might have recognized indications of a threat.

Phase 1: Broad Target Selection. During broad target selection, terrorists collect information on numerous targets to evaluate their potential in terms of symbolic value, casualties, infrastructure criticality, or public attention....

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Re-Post - Travel Security, Part Five

Posted by Don Weiss on October 22, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Part Five of our ongoing series.


If your attempt to be inconspicuous is unsuccessful, your defensive tactics aren't a good idea and you find yourself naked on the side of the road with a bunch of bad guys, here are some tips that were passed down from folks who have succeeded in getting away from the NarcoTerror boys.


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