Personal Safety and Security Playbook

Personal Safety and Security Playbook

Risk Mitigation Guidance for Individuals, Families, Organizations, and Communities

1st Edition - October 23, 2013

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  • Editor: Francis D'Addario
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124172364
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124172265

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The Personal Safety and Security Playbook is designed for anyone who may benefit from shared community safety and security responsibilities. Chapters are organized by areas of concern, from personal risk awareness to protection and security considerations for family, home, travel, and work. The guidelines included help the reader recognize personal safety and security hazards, take proactive prevention steps, and react reasonably to danger with beneficial outcomes. A full chapter of local and national resources for personal security is included at the end of the Personal Safety and Security Playbook. The Personal Safety and Security Playbook is a part of Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio, a collection of real world solutions and "how-to" guidelines that equip executives, practitioners, and educators with proven information for successful security and risk management programs.

Key Features

  • Chapters are organized by area of concern and cover everything related to personal safety and security, including protection for the family, home, during travel, and at work
  • Emphasizes that risk awareness, reporting, response, and mitigation are shared community concerns
  • Includes a full chapter of local and national personal security resources


Security professionals and managers; individuals and families; neighborhood safety groups; and anyone who many benefit from shared community safety and security responsibilities

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary

    What Is a Playbook?


    Chapter 1. Preventing and Reporting High-Risk Events

    1.1 Overview

    1.2 Crime Prevention and Hazard Mitigation

    1.3 Conflict Management

    1.4 Mediation and Negotiation

    1.5 Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

    1.6 Victim’s Assistance and Rights

    1.7 Using Available Resources

    Chapter 2. Personal Protection

    2.1 Overview

    2.2 At Home

    2.3 Domestic Violence

    2.4 Obscene, Threatening, Harassing, and Inappropriate Communications

    2.5 Stalking Behavior

    2.6 If You Live in a Rural Setting

    2.7 When You are Driving

    2.8 Completing Errands

    2.9 Going Out for Entertainment

    2.10 When You Travel Out of Town

    2.11 Hotel Security

    2.12 During the Holidays

    2.13 At Work

    2.14 Street Solicitors and Panhandlers

    Chapter 3. Assault and Sexual Assault

    3.1 Overview

    3.2 Develop a Personal Strategy

    3.3 Reducing Your Risk

    3.4 Self-Defense

    3.5 Rape

    3.6 Date Rape

    3.7 High Schools and College Campuses

    3.8 Protecting Children

    3.9 If You Have Been Assaulted

    Chapter 4. Children

    4.1 Overview

    4.2 Abduction, Kidnapping, and Runaways

    4.3 Day Care, Schools, and Playgrounds

    4.4 Home Alone: Latchkey Children

    4.5 Sexual Assault

    4.6 Suicide

    4.7 Vandalism

    4.8 Weapons

    4.9 Drugs

    4.10 Away at College

    4.11 Gangs

    Chapter 5. Home Safety and Security

    5.1 Overview

    5.2 Home Safety and Security Survey

    5.3 Doors and Windows

    5.4 Exterior

    5.5 Operation Identification

    5.6 Neighborhood Watch

    Chapter 6. Workplace Safety and Security

    6.1 Overview

    6.2 Risk Mitigation

    6.3 Inappropriate Communications

    6.4 Working Before and After Business Hours or On Assignment

    6.5 Parking Your Car

    Chapter 7. When You Travel

    7.1 Overview

    7.2 Planning Your Trip

    7.3 Automobiles

    7.4 Hotel Security

    7.5 Airports

    7.6 International Travel

    7.7 Visiting the United States

    7.8 Preparing to Live Outside the United States

    Chapter 8. Automobiles

    8.1 Overview

    8.2 Theft

    8.3 When You are Driving

    8.4 Parking Your Car

    8.5 Carjacking

    8.6 Other Hazard Mitigation

    Chapter 9. Locks and Alarms

    9.1 Overview

    9.2 Door Locks

    9.3 Window Locks

    9.4 Alarm Systems and Security Surveillance

    9.5 Selecting an Alarm Company

    9.6 Building Codes

    Chapter 10. Lighting

    10.1 Overview

    10.2 General Guidelines

    10.3 Residential Lighting

    10.4 Security Lighting

    Chapter 11. Drug and Alcohol Abuse

    11.1 Overview

    11.2 Education and Awareness

    11.3 In the Workplace

    11.4 Children and Other Family Members

    11.5 Community Action

    Chapter 12. Seniors

    12.1 Overview

    12.2 General Tips to Increase Your Safety

    12.3 At Home

    12.4 When You are Walking, Running Errands, or Going Out

    12.5 Protecting Your Money and Financial Security

    Chapter 13. Fraud

    13.1 Overview

    13.2 Telephone

    13.3 Mail

    13.4 Investment Schemes

    13.5 Credit Cards and Checking Accounts

    13.6 Medical

    13.7 Stolen Identity

    Chapter 14. Personal Security Resources

    14.1 Local Resources

    14.2 All-Hazards Preparedness

    14.3 Children

    14.4 Drugs and Alcohol

    14.5 Preventing Bias-Motivated Violence

    14.6 Victim Assistance

    About the Contributing Editor

    About Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio

Product details

  • No. of pages: 148
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: October 23, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124172364
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124172265

About the Editor

Francis D'Addario

Francis D'Addario
Francis is a seasoned all-hazards risk mitigation leader for multinational convenience, food and beverage, manufacturing, restaurant, retail, and supply chain operators. He has served as chief security officer for Starbucks Coffee, Hardees Food Systems, and Jerrico Inc. His expertise includes risk diligence, loss prevention and mitigation systems design, as well as contribution analytics.

Francis was named as one of the top 25 "Most Influential People in Security" of 2009 by Security magazine, and was a CSO magazine 2007 Compass Award honoree.

He is also the critically acclaimed author of Not a Moment to Lose…Influencing Global Security One Community at a Time (2010), The Manager’s Violence Survival Guide (1995), and Loss Prevention through Crime Analysis (1989).

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council; former Vice President, Partner and Asset Protection, Starbucks Coffee

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