British politician Jo Cox dies after being attacked at public meeting

British politician Jo Cox dies after being attacked at public meeting

“Cox was attacked outside the Birstall library after holding a regular public meeting with constituents, said Robert Light, a Conservative councilor from nearby Birkenshaw.” via CNN

British politician Jo Cox dies after being attacked at public meeting

While most executives, politicians, and public figures are able to go about their daily lives without a protective detail following their every move, their lives do become become inherently more complicated whenever they agree to a planned public appearance.

Regardless of circumstance or scenario, whenever the general public has a reasonable expectation of a time and place public figure can be found, protective considerations should always be employed as preventative measure.

It is important to understand why these events have an increased level of risk. Unlike an off-the-record, or impromptu appearance (think President Obama making a pit-stop at Shake Shack) where the likelihood of an attack would be considered “Low” — events that are publicized in advance give a would-be-attacker critical information like dates and location, and most concerning, time to plan.

The chances of something happening? A statistically low percentage. But if it happens…it’s 100%

For the violent offender, the single most significant factor in targeting an individual for attack is likelihood of success. Without a high-likelihood of success, a would-be-attacker will transfer their efforts to someone who is more exposed and easier to approach. Eliminating those small windows of exposure when approachability is most likely to occur by unknown and un-vetted persons is of critical importance.

Securing transportation, leaving airports, checking into hotels, arriving/departing events, and partaking in public engagements all present variables of uncertainty that can be drastically minimized with effective planning and logistical coordination.

Awareness + Preparation = Safety


Spencer Coursen is the President of Coursen Security Group. He is an expert security consultant, threat assessment advisor, and protective strategist who is dedicated to reducing risk and preventing violence. His systems and strategies help corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and at-risk public figures ensure the certainty of safety for all involved.

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‘Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie killed in shooting at concert venue

This tragedy underscores the importance of the necessary precautions one must take on the pathway from private person to public figure. There is no need to be burdened by fear, but employing practical precautions to the most realistic risk one is most likely to face will help to ensure the certainty of future safety for all involved.

As Gavin de Becker brilliantly writes in Gift of Fear. (paraphrasing) “The willingness to defend oneself should always be greater than their unwillingness to offend another.” There are several easy-to-accommodate ways to facilitate an ad-hoc “meet and greet” that both ensure a positive fan experience while ensuring a favorable pocket of principal protection. Regrettably, it seems none of those options were employed in this instance.

 

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Full story via the Washington Post


 

Spencer Coursen is the President of Coursen Security Group. He is an expert security consultant, threat assessment advisor, and protective strategist who is dedicated to reducing risk and preventing violence. Spencer Coursen’s systems and strategies help large corporations, small businesses, schools, and private families to ensure the certainty of future safety for all involved.

www.SpencerCoursen.com

Security Expert Spencer Coursen specializes in threat assessment protective intelligence and vulnerability reduction. Coursen Security Group Logo.

 

 

Security experts discuss the shooting on UCLA campus

Spencer Coursen discuss the shooting on UCLA campus

“We can no longer afford to live in a world where we simply hope that nothing will happen, and then solely rely on the first responders to save us once something does.” ~Spencer Coursen, President Coursen Security Group

 

Spencer Coursen discuss the shooting on UCLA campus

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Security Expert Spencer Coursen specializes in threat assessment protective intelligence and vulnerability reduction. Coursen Security Group Logo.