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Through Transport Security: A Practical Guide.

Through Transport Security: A Practical Guide. By Paul Elliott; published by Witherby & Co. Ltd., London, 071-251-5341; 69 pages; 21 [pounds].

Through Transport Security does not quite meet the needs of the seasoned cargo security professional. While Paul Elliott's knowledge of cargo security from his educational background, security experience, and recent research is reflected throughout the work, he appears to have given us only the basics of the "through transport" scheme in this British publication. (In the United States, "through transport" translates as "door to door" or "portal to portal" cargo shipments by land, sea, or air.)

The author's promise to interpret new US legislation and regulations concerning maritime security into "sensible commercial practise" falls critically short of his desire and the reader's expectations. His review of new British case law is too brief and only restates that culpable negligence is a staple of that law that can cost transportation companies money.

His focus on drug traffic and pilferage in maritime cargo transport is not innovative and suggests what most security specialists, after a quick assessment of shipping conditions, would decide without Elliott's recommendations.

Although Elliott refers to the new US legislation and how it would affect certain aspects of the United Kingdom's cargo transport system, he never clarifies the impact of this legislation on through transport.

Elliott also presents a description of mistakes to avoid when forming a company security plan or team, which boils down to caveat emptor--let the buyer beware. Although this wisdom cannot be denied when purchasing a contract security service, veteran shippers need not be told how to spend their money wisely.

The chapter on the use of modern technology, such as CCTV and alarm systems, only advises that some equipment is good and equipment users are not.

The US reader would find it tedious to scrabble through the British idiom in this work, and the publisher and editor, not the author, permitted more mistakes than is justifiable for an established publishing house.

Confusing words, strange sentence structure, and misplaced punctuation are abundant. Such unusual spellings as "configueration," "practise," and "pocess" breach concentration and may trigger the American reader to discard the work in frustration.

This is not the type of reading for the busy American cargo executive searching for answers to security problems. Without impugning Elliott's knowledge and experience, Through Transport Security is not a practical guide--it is only a primer.
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Author:McGuire, Don
Publication:Security Management
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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