NEWS BLOG

News and commentary by Managing Director Gaven Wicks

Bastille Day: Altered Mass Gathering Attack

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

In Nice today the French suffered another mass gathering attack during its Bastille Day celebrations. But this was of a different kind, not with guns and bombs but using a heavy goods vehicle to kill 73 people and injure 100 more. Reports have indicated the truck ploughed through the crowd gathered on the main road along the shoreline in the town. It has been labelled a terrorist attack by French officials at this time. http://www.smh.com.au/world/nice-france-dozens-killed-as-truck-drives-into-bastille-day-crowd-20160714-gq675f.html This attack displays the adaptive nature of the terrorist groups to use other means than firearms and explosives. Perhaps security authorities have tunnel vision focusing...

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Terrorism: Security Guards Trained

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

In the period January to June 2016 records indicate there have been at least 97 recognised terrorist attacks in the world. These have been of varying types, suicide bomber, shootings, detonated bombs etc. ISIS or persons indicating affiliation to this group are responsible for a large number of these attacks. These actions impact security all over the world regardless of whether there is a direct exposure to the incident itself. This impacts security risk and operations through the threat it poses. In response it requires an upgrading of security operatives to meet the challenge. Hence Strike Training has instituted its...

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Perth Mosque Fire Bomb: What’s happening?

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

The vehicle fire bomb occurring outstanding a Mosque in Thornlie, Perth Tuesday evening is a significant change to the willingness of protagonists to resort to directed violent action. This is unusual behaviour by these persons in the Perth community. In the past there has been an underlying dislike by these groups (anti-Islamist) and some verbal protesting but this act shows a dangerous elevation to using explosives. This is a significant incident and should not be underplayed. On current reports it was quite easy for these persons to commit this act with little or no security to deter them. That being...

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Spike in Brazen Weapons Attacks: Personal Security under threat

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

In the past 6-12 months there has been numerous reports of carjackings and home invasions in the city of Melbourne. Victoria police have indicated 80% rises in these violent crimes where gangs are smashing into vehicles and jacking the cars using machetes, baseball bats and firearms. These same gangs are then invading homes smashing through unsecured windows, doors etc. Perth has also seen numerous home invasions and attacks by gangs openly in the streets of the city. The following news article was provided by the West Australian: Three men say they are shocked at the level of violence in Perth...

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Rio Attacks on Athletes

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

The Australian Olympic Committee has just decided to take the unprecedented action of employing a private security firm for the olympics to assist with securing the team members. Good thinking Chief de Mission but seriously 6 years ago when Rio was put down as the host city surely someone in the committee would have thought this is a dangerous place with a bad reputation for violent crime ie. the main hospital for olympic attendees hosted a gunfight 3 days ago. So perhaps a security risk review would have been apt at this point. In my calculations it would have registered...

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Only $690 for Security Guard and Crowd Control Qualification

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Strike training and consulting are please to offer an introductory price for our Certificate II in Security Operations Course. For $690.00 students will receive training for Security Guard, Crowd Control and First Aid. This will allow successful students to apply for both security licences. There are no hidden prices, you will get the full 16 units required for this price. Our first course will be held at East Victoria Park commencing on 11th July 2016. There will be a course held every 2 weeks after that. If you want to join the security industry be taught by experts at this...

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Strike Launches Accredited Training

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Strike Training and Consulting launches its suite of accredited security and investigation courses in Perth. Having received our ASQA accreditation (RTO 41500) from the federal government on 12th May this year we have now been added as an approved training organisation with the WA Police. This allows our students to obtain licences in this state after completing training at Strike. Our accredited courses consist of Certificate II and III in Security Operations, Certificate III in Investigative Services, Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management, Provide first aid and Work safely in the construction industry (White Card). Our first course for...

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Women’s Safety at the Karrakatta Club

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

On Friday 11th December 2015 Strike Training and Consulting were invited to be the honorary speakers at the exclusive Karrakatta Club, Perth, Western Australia. The club was established in 1894 and is the first womens' club in Australia. Strike provided a speech on the changing security environment in australia, safety in the community, personal safety and its impacts on women in Perth. The presentation was well received and a lot of positive feedback was received for our efforts. Strike management would like to thank the members of the Karrakatta Club for allowing us this privilege. In particular Frances TAYLOR and...

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TERRORISM AWARENESS COURSE: SYDNEY 15-17 DECEMBER 2015

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Strike has received significant interest in our terrorism awareness program from the general public within Sydney. In response to this we are conducting training in the Sydney City area on the 15th, 16th and 17th of December. The need for this program is evident in a recent newspoll indicating 76% of people surveyed believed a terrorist attack in Australia is likely, very likely or inevitable. This program will provide participants with an understanding of terrorism, how to recognise terrorist activity and what to do about it. Our world is changing so Australians need to become more alert and aware of...

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STRIKE to Conduct Terrorism Awareness Program at New Site

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Strike Training and Consulting is continuing its Terrorism Awareness Course at its new premises, 184A Shepperton Road, East Victoria Park. Given the recent terrorist attacks the need for awareness is a must for everyone. To combat this problem we as a community need to become informed and understand what is happening around us. Our enforcement and intelligence agencies are working hard but have finite resources. We need to be helping them to help ourselves. To do this we need to educate ourselves and be proactive. To do this Strike has created the Terrorism Awareness Program for frontline business staff, general...

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