What steps can you take to make better personal safety and security decisions? with Simon Giddins from Blackstone Consultancy

Summary: With a woefully understaffed police force grappling with a recruitment crisis, coupled with the ongoing cost of living crisis and increasing polarisation across the political spectrum in the UK, crime is on the rise. To mitigate the risks, brokers can advise their private and corporate clients about how to better secure their properties. It’s crucial to think ‘beyond the perimeter’ of the property boundaries and to consider what information prospective burglars could extrapolate about us, our behaviour, and the nature of our property via our online footprint. Regularly updating passwords, switching off location sharing, and being tactful with the information we share, can significantly reduce the risks.

Quote: “We take a slightly different approach to our property risk assessments. Most of the team are chartered security professionals. So, we come from quite a bespoke background. And we apply a layered approach to every property that we deal with. The first thing I'll talk about is what we call within the business beyond the perimeter. And that effectively means anything associated outside the property boundaries. And in simplistic terms, social media could be used.”

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About the guest:

Simon GiddinsFounder and Managing Director of Blackstone Consultancy, a specialist risk management, security, and intelligence organisation, offering protective solutions to both corporate and private clients.

About the host:

Adrian Saunders, Commercial Director at Ecclesiastical is responsible for delivering Ecclesiastical’s UK intermediated business. Before joining Ecclesiastical, Adrian held senior roles at Marsh, Zurich and Hiscox. Away from insurance, Adrian is a self-confessed cycling addict. Combining his passions for charity giving and cycling, he previously raised funds for charity by completing London Ride100 three times and cycling across Vietnam and Cambodia.

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