Personal Security & Terrorism Awareness

Personal Security & Terrorism Awareness

by John Haynes, Roy Haynes


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How can you stay safe while traveling or living abroad? International terrorism, hijackings, hostage situations, and street crime have made personal security and terrorism awareness a concern and indeed a critical necessity for all Americans. Awareness and proper planning are the most effective tools available to travelers for dealing with these threats. Personal Security and Terrorism Awareness is created by former U.S. Army Special Forces personnel and based on information and training provided to U.S. government and military personnel working and operating in high-risk areas. It is a "must-read" for all Americans traveling or living abroad.

About the Authors

Roy Haynes is president of Elite Tactical Sources, Inc. He served 10 years in U.S. Army Special Operations units including 3rd Ranger Battalion and 5th Special Forces Group. Frank Rosetti is vice president of Elite Tactical Sources, Inc. Frank served 14 years with U.S. Army Special Operations units including 10th and 5th Special Forces Groups.

Combining their 24 years of real world frontline experience, authors Frank Rosetti and Roy Haynes developed this book as a guide to equip Americans with the necessary knowledge and skills to defend themselves. Throughout the course of their careers, they have traveled to many high-risk areas around the world utilizing the very techniques discussed in these pages. Their extensive training and operational experience uniquely qualifies them to help all Americans take greater control of their personal safety and security.

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Midwest Book Review

Dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks, Personal Security & Terrorism Awareness: A Comprehensive Risk Reduction Guide For The American Traveler is an absolute must-read for all travelers abroad, whether venturing to nations fraught with conflict or foreign destinations that are relatively safe. The basic, sound, practical, "user friendly" advice for protecting oneself against theft, kidnaping, assault, or arrest by the authorities is potentially life-saving. Tips include never leaving personal information about oneself in a car or marked on luggage tags; always assuming that communication is monitored; women should never wear jewelry yet should wear a wedding band regardless of marital status (as marriage is sometimes given high respect in foreign cultures especially Islamic ones); and much more. Personal Security & Terrorism Awareness is addressed in particular to American Travelers, yet the practical advice for protecting one's life is useful to just about everyone. If you are planning a trip abroad for either business or pleasure, begin preparations by giving Personal Security & Terrorism Awareness a complete and careful reading.


Two former U.S. Army Special Operations personnel offer information to travelers traveling or living abroad for maintaining personal safety. Although information about how to behave in situations of kidnapping and hijacking is included, the prominence of "terrorism awareness" in the title seems an attempt to capitalize on the attacks of September 11. The rest of the book is devoted to traditional travel safety topics. In addition to obvious information on securing valuables, hotel safety, and the like, the authors include information on what to do in the events of civil unrest, natural disasters, and arrest by foreign governments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595215904
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Terrorist Target Selection Considerations

Terrorists prefer a target that involves little risk and a high probability of success. For this reason, targets are categorized as either "hard" or "soft". A soft target is characterized as predictable, generally unaware of his surroundings, and easily accessible. Additionally, this type target is unarmed and presents minimal chance of terrorist actions developing into a confrontation with police authorities.

In contrast, the hard target is characterized by heightened awareness. Hard targets utilize active and passive measures to harden their residence and vehicle security posture. They actively implement counter-intelligence precautions by monitoring waste disposal and communications to ensure sensitive and personal information is not disclosed. Generally, the terrorist will consider any individual who is alert and who institutes security measures to be a hard target.

Of tremendous importance to the terrorist is the ease of "taking" the target versus the perceived value of the target. Setting routines, whether at home, work or around town, is one way to make yourself a soft target for terrorists. Only frequenting particular restaurants, bars, and clubs or using the same routes when conducting physical fitness activities are examples of routines to avoid. Vary your activities and locations. Usually, a terrorist will not attack a hard target unless he has specific orders to do so. Most terrorists will pick the softer target.

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