The Prison Break Effect

Within the security community in Tunisia, there is a clear consensus that petty, street, and so called low-level crimes are on the rise.  The theories as to why this is the case vary but one thing is clear; the recent prison breaks are not going to help the situation.  Prison Escapes Update Date: January, 2011Continue reading “The Prison Break Effect”

April Showers…May flowers?

Greetings, I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break and were able to recharge their batteries. They say “April showers bring may flowers” and  we certainly have received our fair share of rain here in Tunisia so let’s hope this saying proves true. Below are some informative updates regarding the security situation in Tunisia.  News Updates…Continue reading “April Showers…May flowers?”

Spring Break…

Survived the Winter… Today marks exactly 3 months since January 15th, a day which was very challenging for everyone living in Tunisia.  January 15th, was marked by chaos, confusion, and a general sense of panic.  Today, with the beautiful weather and blue skies we can definitely say that things are better. Spring is in theContinue reading “Spring Break…”

Trash Talk…

If you’ve been wondering why there’s trash piled up everywhere you look, wonder no more.  According to news sources since “April 11, 2011, Town Hall employees have been on strike for four days, requesting higher wages, which has affected waste disposal across the city” (Source:  Sydney Confidential, 2011).  Besides the inconvenience of the strike, itContinue reading “Trash Talk…”

Rumor Control

If we define the term rumor as “an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern”, then we can see that during times of great change; rumors are very practical.  Having the advantage of being both a “local” and an expatContinue reading “Rumor Control”

Global Strategic Trends

This week I would like to focus on the DCDC Global Strategic Trends Programme and their analysis concerning Tunisia and North Africa as a whole for the period of 2007-2036.  Strategic Trends is “an independent view of the future produced by the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), a Directorate General within the UK’s MinistryContinue reading “Global Strategic Trends”

Tunisia ATM security

During the Tunisian revolution it was obvious that ATMs were targeted by various groups rangaging from low end criminals to more organized and professionals ones.  On the part of the perpetrator the logic is simple:  ATM=Easy Cash.  In fact, according to one European based study , ATM crimes have risen by over 149%.  The EuropeanContinue reading “Tunisia ATM security”

Perseverance…a recepie for success

Similar to restaurants, in the security world you are only as good as your last “meal”.  The challenging part is that when security operations are running smoothly nobody even notices the effort, commitment, and dedication of the security team.  In fact, it is during these times that someone may comment “why do we even needContinue reading “Perseverance…a recepie for success”

Security Professional Excellence

In need of a makeover As a security coordinator living and working in Tunisia, it didn’t take long for me to realize that security guards are not held in a positive light.  Tunisians view security  as a low paying and demoralizing job.  Tunisians are certainly not the only ones who have a bad image ofContinue reading “Security Professional Excellence”

On Post in Tunis…

It has been noted that “The fate of the Tunisian revolution is, so far, still hanging in the balance. Will it result in more far reaching political change? Will the momentum of the considerable working class opposition to the old dictator, including the General Strike, which was crucial in breaking his Presidency, carry the revolutionContinue reading “On Post in Tunis…”

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