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HRAWI with Max Security India organises ‘Security Awareness’ seminar

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:00 Hrs  [IST]
By HBI Staff | Mumbai

Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) has recently organised a seminar on ‘Security Awareness’ at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The seminar was conducted by Max Security India, which specialises in creating tailor-made security solutions that are designed to the specific needs of clients. The seminar was attended by more than 60 hotel representatives from across Mumbai.

Ital Dar, an Israeli security expert and Director, Consulting Division, Max Security said, “Though the hoteliers have installed state of the art security devices and spent millions of rupees to upgrade the security, most of them have overlooked one very basic factor, which is to provide adequate training to their staff.” Dar added that if all of us use our common sense, most of the incidents would be thwarted. Moreover, we are not utilising various resources which are at our disposal. Throwing light on one other aspect he said, “Post 26/11, hotels have installed hundreds of cameras, but there is no proper mechanism to monitor all of them.”

He further informed that the hotelier needs to impart basic knowledge about security to all the staff and it should not be restricted to those who are manning various entry and exit points. The staff should be made to understand the passive enemy who at a latter stage can inflict damage to the establishment. A good security is one, which prevents unwanted incidents inside the premises. For this the staff has to be proactive in their approach to prevent any untoward incident. Even if the security is breached, the staff must ensure that the attempt is foiled and there is none or minimum damage.

Dar said that to achieve all this, situational awareness is extremely important and can be accomplished when proper training is imparted. For this to happen, the mindset needs to be changed. Human resource should be made aware for detection and trained for reaction. If the organisations are able to imbibe this philosophy, this will go a long way in making the premises secure.

Kamlesh Barot, President, HRAWI stressed on  the need to create maximum security with minimum inconvenience to the guests. Dinesh Advani, Senior Vice President, HRAWI said, “We have organised this seminar to educate our fellow hoteliers about the various aspects of security. It is such a sensitive issue and we felt that an Israeli security expert will help all of us to understand the nuances of security.”

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Pradeep Pradhan Mar 12, 2012 8:46 AM
Glad to see the initiative.
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