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News and commentary by Managing Director Gaven Wicks

Terrorists on the move: Vigilance is our defence

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

In recent weeks we have seen terror related incidents in Manchester, London, two in Melbourne and another in Paris this morning. The frequency is not unexpected given the war in Syria for ISIL is failing badly or has failed, depends who you listen too! This has now pushed these trained operatives into the civilian world where they can operate or influence the commencement of terrorist attacks directly or indirectly.   Regardless of your opinions on what is happening here, the fact is we are under attack and have been for some time. Many individuals, particularly Australians like to think this...

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Manchester Bombing 22nd May 2017

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Unfortunately, today there has been another bomb blast at a place of mass gathering. If what has been indicated in the press is true, a suicide bomber carrying a backpack has detonated the bomb causing at least 19 deaths. If this is the case, security at an event has dropped the ball again. Time and time again we see a lack of vigilance and planning resulting in chaos and death from those who we perceive are caring for the safety of the public.   Questions need to be asked: Who made the decision that backpacks are allowed into a concert?...

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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...

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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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STRIKE and AVELING form Training Alliance

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Strike Training and Consulting is proud to announce a training alliance with AVELING, the industry leader in safety, well being and on line training. Both parties agree this alliance will expand networks and opportunities to bring professional and innovative training options to business and the general community alike. Strike is also proud to announce the opening of our new training centre at 184A Shepperton Road, East Victoria Park, WA. The AVELING Training Centre is a purpose built training centre 5 minutes from the Perth City Centre. It has 450sqm of training space, 40+ car spaces, 5 minute walk from Victoria...

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Black Friday-Paris 2015

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Another senseless attack against a defenceless public, 129 people dead with the figure still rising. There have been many questions about the intelligence community in France and the ability of the terrorists to organise a coordinated attack such as this with little or no intervention from enforcement agencies. There are a number of answers as to why these agencies had a little or no chance but let's consider this. There are 64.9 million people in France with 12 million living in the Paris region which covers 4638 square miles. This equates to 56000 people per square mile. Without considering the...

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Strike at Perth Careers Expo 2015!

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Strike Training has entered the Perth Careers Expo at the Convention and Exhibition Center! The Expo runs for four days between the 14th May, 2015 - 17th May, 2015. We will be promoting our Certificate II & III in Security Operations, undertaken on Behalf of Deltawest RTO #40599, as well as our brand new Women's Self Defence Course. Strike has created a $99 Women's Self Defence program encompassing practical self defence tactics used to deal with the realistic dangers and methods of an attacker. The course is conducted over a 3 hour session every Saturday (9am-12pm), with a three hour...

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Frontline Terrorism Awareness Course (FTAC)

| Gaven Wicks Managing Director

Image Source: news.com.au The elevation of the Terrorism Threat level to 'High' and the recent raids conducted by NSW Police on terrorist related targets has made a significant impact on Australia and its security. These government resources are finite in that there is only a limited amount of security that can be provided to help secure business operations. Therefore it is incumbent on organisations to take some responsibility to secure their assets against acts of terrorism. During the past 12 months Strike Training and Consulting have created a one day FTAC program for frontline staff i.e. retail operators, security officers,...

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