I wrote two security related books recently, they are available online at Amazon and in paper at CreateSpace but before I talk about them – a few side thoughts. It is a sad fact of life that if you do not pay for knowledge, you think it is not worth having, why we think this I would not know, it is almost evil. I sadly discovered when a book is given away for free, many don’t read it, they download it, yes, but they leave it among their many hundreds of other books which will never be read. This is not acceptable to me, if you wish to better yourself, read a book, that is where the knowledge is contained and I want my books to be read.
The first book, “Terrorist Takedown” was written on request of clients / readers of my Mean Streets Books. I was asked what advice I would give to the innocent folk, enjoying themselves and then becoming targets of a radical attack as we now see frequently in my late wife’s tribal lands (USA to you) and Europe, West and East by the way, Russia is attacked a lot more than what you know. I started by saying: “This is not a book with a political motive behind it but one of self-defence. There is no accusatory finger pointing at anyone or any group of people or specific religion here and the statistics at the back of the book will probably shock you. I am a former attorney that practised law at the most famous human rights law firm in Africa as a younger man, I know what hate speech is and I hold such people in deserved contempt. Don’t come to me with a racist attitude or religious intolerance if you contact me, you will not like my response. So take good note that I am not saying the attacking terrorists will be without any doubt Muslim extremists, nor do I say they may be from African heritage, or Japanese or Arab or whatever or any specific religion. It is neither here nor there to me what they are or what their beliefs are or what they expect to achieve by attacking innocents, frankly, I don’t care.”
I say this again; my books are about survival. At the end of the day it makes no difference who is shooting at you, blowing you up or otherwise hurting you, wake up to this fact before it is too late. We look at what such an attack looked like in the past because we can learn from the past. I always explain the need for history in my books as some find history irrelevant - I say to you, if you make breakfast for your wife and you know she likes her bacon crispy, you will make the bacon crispy, that is historical fact – but note now when your idea of history is wrong - you think she wants it scrambled with garlic (OMW), you will make it like that and she will not like what she is served and that is why history influences us today. You must know history to survive… If we know what a terrorist looks like, how he operates, how and where (not when) he strikes, what he leaves behind (bombs), we can predict the future and we can train you to survive, always keeping an open mind that he may change his tactics.
We started in the book with Awareness, using simple training methods, then Types of firearms so you can recognise what you are up against, Calibers, Maintenance, Gun safety, Aiming devices, Double tapping, Hostage survival, Counter attacking, and Crime scene integrity & Working with explosives. In between we quote extensively from my mate, George M James’s excellent books on counter terrorism, so realistic that I see them as training manuals. This made for an interesting read and I have no doubt whatsoever, will save life and limb. We also came to the conclusion, and the reasons are inside the book, that the local Sheriff Departments are utterly incapable of dealing will terrorism – read the book and find out why I say so, based on decades of experience. And another thing, the US can expect a “lone wolf” attack every 4 to 6 months, the need is greater there for this book than here. Yet, I have the knowledge they need.
I have also created a system of passive security called the JKLS System where you are taking simple preventative steps, able to save your life. I noted the system down in my security briefings, this has saved many through the years and I used to give it away free of charge. Regrettably, as I explained above, the backlash was unexpected with accusations ranging from touting to not worthy to be read (by those that did not bother to read them, how odd?) and now I placed my security ideas in a book format, “Safety Net” available online and at CreateSpace.
If you think that an alarm system and armed response, alone, is going to save you, read this book, it will not do so and did not do so in history. We took a hard look at security, according to me, most of what you are sold and told are rubbish, shenanigans from salesmen and I give my reasons in the book why I say so. We looked at Layered defence systems, Insurance driven security, Awareness & JKLS System, Specific threats, specific security measures, Rural versus urban security, Safe rooms, Crime Scene, media and Faith (where I quoted from the Rhodesian Bush War some amazing testimonies).
I have no doubt that the Security Books will save many lives in the future, Secretly, I wish I could give it for free away because of the need, but I cannot – then they will not be read and be dismissed as nonsense. Therefore, you pay for them but, as I always said, if you cannot afford my books, write to me, in deserving cases I will give it to you free of charge. Not because of me or you, but because of my late wife, I honour her memory in my books.
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in hostage survival training and reducing legal risk in Sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters. Koos is a widower and lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.