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JMMB safety event empowers women

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Michelle Sinclair Doyley
Sheldon Powe

An all-female audience recently gathered at the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group head office in St Andrew to engage in an empowering and educational workshop dubbed 'Her Protection: Personal Safety and Security'.

The event provided an opportunity for the scores of women in attendance to garner practical pointers on personal safety, online security and financial security from a range of experts.

During the presentation on 'Keeping your person and property safe', by special investigator Jason Samuels of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, he cautioned the participants to be alert and aware of their surroundings. "Most crimes take place in familiar settings and are often perpetrated by individuals familiar to the victim," Samuels said.

Against this background, he reminded the audience to be vigilant even in familiar settings, observing any suspicious activities as they approach their homes. "Keep your doors closed - even while you are away for short periods such as carrying groceries from the vehicles. Also, be careful of excessive sharing of personal information on social media sites such as posts of children, vacation details and location," he said.




Stephen Roomes of Hawkeye Jamaica echoed the sentiments. He added that electronic devices such as panic buttons and automation can also offer extra benefits in ensuring personal safety and security, especially in cases of emergency. He highlighted the value of vehicle-tracking devices to assist motorists in the event of theft, while also noting that the ability to monitor the use of the vehicle is a good option for business owners and parents.

With the increased incidences of cyberattacks and prominence of social media, JMMB's chief information officer Sheldon Powe outlined cybersecurity tips designed to help individuals enjoy their virtual social space in a secured manner.

"The best defence for cyber-attack is education, supported by various software protections. Invest in the requisite antivirus and other security software and educate employees so that they can help to protect the company, as the loss of data could be even more detrimental to the business than the cost of this investment. Also, utilise offline confirmation such as phone calls to relevant parties, to ensure that the online transactions are authorised," Powe said.

Responding to a need

Meanwhile, Michelle Sinclair-Doyley, manager, client financial education, JMMB, underscored the value of being covered by insurance to ensure that in the event of an emergency or other unfortunate incidents such as loss, death, accidents, their financial goals are not significantly derailed.

Following a panel discussion, the attendees also had the opportunity to partake in demonstrations offering hands-on experience in self-defence with Jeffery Azan, who demonstrated some basic blocking and defence techniques, while sharing some best practices in responding to threats.

This segment was complemented by a yoga session led by Shakira Williams, who gave the participants an opportunity to relax and meditate in a bid to refresh their minds and ensure their good mental state, which is an important part of personal safety.

The event forms part of a series of all-women lifestyle events organised by the JMMB Group, to complement its most recent campaign launched earlier this year - JMMB Her Wealth - which is a complete financial solution packages that includes investments, loans, savings, insurance offerings and a rewards programme. This financial solution was developed in response to a perceived gap that had been identified in the market by research that indicated a need for financial institutions to deepen their relationship with women.

This event is in keeping with the company's objective to provide financial education to its clients, and the investing public, on how to achieve their financial goals by pairing lifestyle-related topics with financial matters.