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Armed Robbery Seminar – Seven Sharp 19 June 2013

Hi All,

I trust this finds you well. Please follow the link to view a short item that was televised on Seven Sharp this evening concerning safety during an armed robbery. An interesting day and some good learning undertaken by all participants. Thank you also to my actors and to Leader International for your support. Much appreciated.


Merry Christmas

Hi All,

I trust this finds you well and to wish you all a safe Christmas with your family and friends.

As 2011 draws to a close and we start thinking about spending some quality time away from the office I would like to say thank you for your continued support of TLC and the services that we offer. The last year has presented its challenges as the training market certainly has a long way to go to where it was 2-3 years ago…however having said that TLC has survived another year. Many thanks to those I have been involved with over 2011.

2012 is going to be a great year…there is potential for new ventures…possibly on the international front, TLC will be going through a re-branding process and we will be introducing new facilitators. I have been focusing over the last 4 months on up skilling new facilitators to build the TLC resource; this will ensure that all of your needs can be net comfortably while focusing on new markets and initiatives. I am looking forward to a new year and continued relationships with you all.

Please have a safe and enjoyable time over the festive season, take care on the roads, look after yourselves and your families and please come back in one piece in 2012.

Merry Christmas


TLC welcomes Bryan Fitzpatrick

It is my pleasure to advise that Bryan Fitzpatrick has joined the ranks of TLC. Bryan’s skillset particularly in the area of self defence training and advanced security procedures will ensure that TLC is in a position to provide training and consultancy to a higher level. Having worked with Bryan for number of years I am confident that Bryan will be an asset not only to TLC but our clients as well. Please follow the link to view Bryans profile.

A terrible tragedy – Christchurch

Thinking of all NZer’s affected by events in Christchurch…my heart felt condolances to those that have lost or waiting to hear from loved ones…Ake Ake Kia Kaha…a terrible challenging time for all…be strong, look after each other and most importantly stay safe. All of New Zealand is with you.

Christmas Greetings

As we enter the twilight of 2010 and reflect upon what has been an extremely interesting and on occasion a trying year I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to those that have supported TLC since its inception back in July of this year.

Suffice to say the last 6-7 months has been a journey that for the best part has been extremely rewarding. It has been a busy time which is great.

As I commence the wind down into Christmas to take a well deserved break with Franky and Keegan I sincerely wish that you are all doing the same and where ever you are and whatever you are doing that you take the time to recharge the batteries, take stock of what is important, and have an enjoyable and safe time.

For those I have worked with over the last 6 months…thank you for your support. I trust what Tony Lewis Consulting Ltd has provided for you has exceeded your expectations and I look forward to working and doing the same in 2011.

Enjoy the festive season, travel well, stay safe and I look forward to hearing from you in the New Year.

If you would like to receive regular updates on TLC and safety and security advice please register on the Tony Lewis Consulting Website to receive these updates automatically via email.

Kind Regards and Best Wishes


Disaster aftermath – Security is an issue

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all in the Canterbury region trying to deal with the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake. A trying time for all with this event impacting the entire nation.

Events such as this generally bring people together with a common goal of assistance and mutual support. Unfortunately though, for the criminal element amongst us it creates the ideal opportunity to do what they do…rip you off. I cannot fathom and get my head around how anyone can stoop so low as to take advantage of distressing situations such as this adding to the worry and concern by stealing from those in such circumstances.

However…there are those within our society who require more support than others…not only in disaster recovery but certainly in the area of basic safety and security. They are those with special needs.

Those with special needs are with out a doubt our most vulnerable citizens who require more support and assistance than those who are non-diasbaled…particularly in situations such as disaster recovery.

The recent burglary of a school in Christchurch that supports our special needs children is absolutely appalling. It is sickening to think that there are those amongst us who will take the opportunity to commit such an act. Having first hand experience with the disability sector I fully understand the struggle that these organisations have in trying to secure good resources to support the learning for our children with special needs.

Security of assets becomes a vital concern for us all after a situation such as this. There are a number of factors that increase risk during these times:

– Emergency services are stretched – especially the Police.
– The integrity and physical security of buildings is reduced or negated.
– Security company resources are limited.
– Security hardware such as alarms, cameras and access control systems are degraded.
– Situations such as this create desperation.

My suggestion to all as part of your emergency planning process is to discuss your specific security concerns with a licensed security company. Find out what they can do for you in terms of physical security for your property after events such as this. However, it must be realised that they too can have issues in getting security staff to your site under these conditions.

Having things in place before an event occurs certainly reduces risk.

I am currently in discussions with Philip Patston from DiversityNZ with the view of running a free workshop for the disabled focusing on disaster planning and the unique considerations they have, not only in surviving a disaster but certainly what needs to be considered after the event…security will be on the agenda. I will keep you updated on progress.

Closing Time – Are you safe?

The recent aggravated robbery in Tauranga where a female staff  member was confronted by an offender carrying a sawn off shotgun is a timely reminder that a high risk time of the day/night for staff is at closing time.

This particular event occured at 1215 am as the staff member was cashing up. There are a number of factors that contribute to the risk of robbery occuring at this time:

  • Not alot of people around.
  • Stocks of cash are onsite from the days business.
  • Normally low light conditions.
  • The vigilant mindset of most people at this time is probably not as alert as it could be.
  • Staff are tired.
  • At some stage staff need to leave the building…often unaccompanied and on foot.

These factors alone increase the chance of staff becoming victims of an aggravated robbery.

A few things to consider to reduce the risk at this time of the day/night.

  • Ensure all customers are out then lock the door.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked when cashing up.
  • Do not allow after hours customer.
  • Make sure alarms are set before leaving the site.
  • Try and leave with someone else.
  • Try and get your vehicle close to the exit to minimise your time on foot.
  • Have keys ready.
  • Check your vehicle before getting in.
  • Arrange for staff escorts if there is a perceived risk.
  • Talk on a cell phone.
  • If you see anything suspicious do not leave. Stay inside and contact the Police.
  • If you are being followed do not go home…go towards help where there are people.

We are all empowered to do as much as we can to minimise risk and reduce harm.