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Business Travel Advice

by msecadm4921

Given security awareness throughout European capital cities, advice is offered for business travellers.

Whether it is the threat of extremist violence in response to the French government’s proposed ban on wearing headscarves in schools, or the expectation of an attack on the underground and mainline railway system in London, the company’s security experts constantly monitor information, trends, and events to provide the best possible current coverage. Dean Radford, International SOS’ Head of Global Security and Intelligence, asys: ‘The deployment of plain-clothes anti-terrorist police to patrol the public transport system, and perhaps even more importantly, the dissemination of this information, serves as a valuable deterrent to terrorist attack. The system is vast, however, and even with the best will in the world the anti-terrorism forces simply cannot entirely eliminate the threat.’
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He recalls that London’s mainline train stations were successfully targeted by the IRA on a number of occasions. Today however, technical surveillance measures and the removal of items like waste bins, (used for depositing the explosives), helped mitigate conditions and circumstances that facilitated the threat from this group. <br>
However, the threat presented by suicide bombers presents added dimensions ‘when the attacker lacks the need to escape, technical surveillance and elimination of easy locations in which to hide explosives (like dustbins) become far less relevant. Additionally, the recent attacks in Madrid highlight once again how hard it is for security organisations to monitor and control unattended baggage. Business travellers are being advised to maintain higher than usual vigilance while using public transport and when transferring between mainline stations. Unattended luggage should be reported immediately. People walking away from luggage should be challenged and security staff informed. Suspicious individuals should always be reported to security staff or the Transport Police.
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Radford says: ‘Unattended items in all locations, not just limited to public transport, should be reported immediately. Suspicious items should not be approached or examined by members of the public. When you see someone step off a train and leave a bag behind, it’s easy to rationalise and assume it was simply forgetfulness; in the vast majority of cases this assumption is correct, but none of us can afford to take that chance, even once.’
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About International SOS
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International SOS (www.internationalsos.com) is a medical and security assistance company, and provider of remote medical services. It has a full time staff of more than 3,700 operating in 28 alarm centres and 21 clinics around the world.

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