Safety Tips

When living or working in hostile or unfamiliar surroundings, executives and high net worth individuals face many risks, as do their families. Kidnapping and extortion offers criminals and gang members an easy way to make money and foreign executives and their loved ones make ideal victims. Yet there are some simple ways to mitigate the risk of kidnap or extortion.

Keep a low profile

This is very simple to achieve no matter where you are in the world. Take time to understand your surroundings and how you can fit in.

Avoid routine

Don’t set patterns: it makes it too easy for kidnappers to know where you will be and when. There are three critical areas to consider.

Be suspicious

When you’re in an unfamiliar environment it’s important to know:

  • who you can trust
  • how much you can trust them
  • what you can trust them with

Communicate well

Make sure at least one person knows where you are and at least one person can help you at all times. A quick response is vital if something does happen.

Plan well

Minimising and managing risk lies in the planning. Understanding the principles behind risk management means you won’t make the common mistakes.

Be flexible

What will you do if a situation deteriorates? Have back-up plans and always know what you can do to help yourself at any time.