“Terrorism is a threat that is going to prevail for at least the next 10 years,” began Will Geddes, Founder and Managing Director of International Corporate Protection.

“Because many terror attacks are carried out in guerilla fashion, they are hard to predict and prevent. But there is a lot you can do to be prepared should a situation arise.”

Geddes presented delegates with a list of key preparations and actions for security as it relates to the home, travel, and business.

Situational awareness is key, whether the concern is a terror attack or simply personal security while traveling on business. “People today are often immersed in their smartphones or other technology devices, and as a result many of us are less aware of what’s going on around us,” he reported.

Another key tactic: trust your instincts. If something looks or feels odd, it probably is.

If you see what might be an attack of some kind, “running is a good first option,” he urged. “The cemeteries are full of heroes.”

Statistically, the chances of being in a terrorist incident are still extremely low, Geddes stated. “However, it’s best to be as prepared as possible.”

The session at the CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam was moderated by Richard Middleton, Head of Occupier Services, EMEA & APAC, Cushman & Wakefield.

Similar sessions are taking place at the CoreNet Global Summit in Philadelphia, October 17-19, 2016; among them is Worldwide Threats and Homeland Security Challenges with speaker Hillary Peck, Domestic Representative, National Counter Terrorism Center.

 

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