Vehicle Ambush In Mexico and Surveillance Detection

In a post on LinkedIn, the author commented on a recent assassination of an individual while in a vehicle. It occurred in Mexico. The author mentions, “as noted in Gavin de Becker’s book, Just Two Seconds, 64% of attacks occur in and around the vehicle, and 77% of those succeed”. He also mentions the need for situational awareness. We’ll add the demand for Surveillance Detection and armored vehicles.

A thought comes to mind. Data says 65% of attacks occur while in or near a vehicle. How much of your time do you spend on training that mitigates the massive risk of vehicle attacks?

For close to 50 years, we have preached the need for surveillance detection, situation awareness, and armored vehicles. We are still talking about incidents resulting from a lack of surveillance detection, situational awareness, and armored vehicles.

History of Training

What is not talked about are companies that have been sending those who protect their executives to protective driving and surveillance detection training programs for decades. Those working in the corporate sector and for HNW individuals have also been mitigating this risk for decades.

For decades surveillance detection has been the most misunderstood and neglected aspect of executive protection and secure transportation, especially for the new and inexperienced.

As VDI’s Joe Autera points out in his book “The Professional Guide to Planning, Managing, and Providing Secure Transportation,” surveillance detection is not new; it has been around for decades.

The importance of receiving this type of training lies in this quote from the book:

“Surveillance detection might not be just the best protection Security Driver has for preventing an attack, it might be the only protection they have when it comes to preventing an attack from being carried out.”

Also, for decades the Scotti School and now the ISDA has been preaching the gospel of Surveillance Detection.


Episode 179 – Surveillance Detection

Surveillance Detection and Security Driving

Carlos Marighella and the Need for Surveillance Detection

Surveillance Detection – Not Much Has Changed
This old video, circa 1988, by the US Army on Evasive Driving Training, is thirty-two years old and covers Surveillance Detection.