The new and fully updated and expanded edition of the bestselling security classic. Written by renowned ex-SAS security expert Andrew Kain, this handbook provides the most reliable, authoritative and respected security information on the market. Don’t leave home without it on your smartphone, laptop or ereader! Andrew Kain served in the SAS for 11 years, leaving in 1990 to set up AKE Group, a world leader in the field of risk mitigation. In this fully updated edition he shares his much sought-after security experience, knowledge and techniques – preparing you for anything, anywhere in the world. In the SAS+ SECURITY HANDBOOK the insight and expertise that has made the SAS respected throughout the world has now been applied to every aspect of personal security: SECURITY IN THE HOME SECURITY IN THE STREET SECURITY IN THE CAR SECURITY ABROAD GAP YEAR TRAVEL TERRORISM BUSINESS SECURITY WORKING IN HOSTILE REGIONS Whatever your security concerns, the SAS+ SECURITY HANDBOOK will ensure you get the basics right. Featuring valuable case studies and security scenarios, it teaches practical lessons that will reduce your chances of becoming a victim, to help you reassert control over your life. “Don’t wait to be a victim of crime. Do yourself a favour – read this book.” Andy McNab
Andrew Kain joined 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment – 2 Para – in 1973. Five years later, he passed SAS Selection, going on to spend the next eleven years as a Special Forces soldier. He saw active service in theatres as diverse as the Falklands, Northern Ireland and Middle East; he was an instructor on the SAS counter-terrorist team and also worked with other government and law-enforcement agencies, developing specialist techniques still in use today. After leaving the Special Air Service, Andrew worked as a security consultant and later founded AKE Ltd in 1991, providing security services and advice based on SAS methods to clients ranging from small NGOs to industrial giants. In 1993 he designed and delivered the world’s first Safety in Hostile Regions course for journalists operating in war zones. The SHR course celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 and has grown to become the benchmark for training that has now become mandatory for the industry. In 1996, the SHR (Surviving Hostile Regions) course proved its worth when video footage in Zaire captured a correspondent from TV4 Sweden saving his colleague’s life under gunfire. In 1998, Andrew was able to demonstrate to specialists within the insurance industry that training could diminish the risk to people operating in high-risk environments and war zones. In the same year, he began working with insurers from the floor of Lloyd’s delivering political risk intelligence. He also designed and delivered the first safety course for journalists operating in war zones delivered on behalf of BBC World Service and The Freedom Forum to Albanian journalists in Tirana just prior to the Kosovo war, and trained Radio B292’s Serbian journalists in Montenegro under the noses of Milosovic’s Serbian military. In the immediate aftermath of the NATO Kosovo campaign, Andrew and AKE took the lead – and were successful – in tracking down and safely returning two engineers who had gone missing. From 9/11 and its aftermath, which saw Andrew and AKE supporting CNN in Tora Bora, Afghanistan in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, right up until today, he has demonstrated that the basic principles set out in this handbook, developed with their foundations in the SAS, do work and can save lives.
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The best, most practical guide to personal safety on the market
By Eamonn Gearon
The SAS Security Handbook by Andrew Kain is the best guide to personal safety on the market.
One of the nicest things about this book is its down-to-earth, human voice. Andrew Kain is a great guide, and this book benefits enormously from the fact that his advice is based on hard-won, first-hand experience. Both as a former member of the SAS, and as the founder of the highly regarded, Hereford-based (home of the SAS, in the UK) security firm AKE, this is a man knows what he is talking about. Just ask any one of the hundreds of journalists and other professionals who are alive today because of his advice.
In the interests of full disclosure, years ago, when I was a free-lance journalist, I was lucky enough to take an AKE training course in Surviving Hostile Environments. The practical, easy to remembered lessons I learnt in that course have helped me on many occasions over the years. I’m pleased to see that those lessons have made an easy journey to the pages of this book.
Instead of bunch of “war stories,” Andrew Kain provides a wealth of practical advice, which is written in such a way that it really can help anyone who reads it.
This book is just as useful for housewives and househusbands, as it is for students of all ages, and office-bound professionals, in the city or travelling abroad.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
The most practical and intelligent security guide out there
By Mike Hanna
Andrew Kain is the real thing. He basically invented a model of security training for journalists and others operating in hostile environments. I have worked with him and his team in the field and have witnessed how the skill sets of highly trained soldiers can be focussed on civilian needs, and that is what he does in this book. It is comprehensive, intelligent and should be on the bookshelf of every family. Its more than just a "how-to" though- it's also a fascinating insight into the special forces community and people like Andrew Kain who were and remain part of it.