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What to expect when traveling Internationally with a Security Team

In the event of an incident like the recent Mumbai or Kabul hotel attacks, this is how a US security team would have managed the situation where injuries may have occured:

  •  Interfaced and already have established a dialogue with local law enforcement (if not corrupt) and in-country U.S law enforcement.
  • Run counter-surveillance prior and during the time of arrival at the hotel.
  • ‘Advanced’ the entire hotel and surrounding areas including medical trauma centers and hospitals.
  •  Established a primary and secondary evacuation plan from the hotel.
  •  Staged vehicles at accessible locations.
  •  Arranged a priority response from a private ambulance / med-evac company.
  •  Secured an armored vehicle as […]

5 Star Hotels in Cities Across the World Can be Targets for Terrorism: How to Protect Yourself

As for all trips abroad, The World Protection Group encourages everyone to take the following basic steps:

  1. Register your trip with the U.S. State Department at: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.
  2. Research the safety and security at the hotel and area before reserving at that location.

Once at the hotel, keep the following points in mind:

  1. Have all emergency contact information for the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate and hotel security director programmed into your cell phone.  Make contact with these people at the beginning of your trip.
  2. Stay in a room between the 2nd and 7th floors. This makes it easier to exit in the event of a fire or […]

20 Tips For International Travel

When thinking about an international businesss trip or summer vacation , WPG recommends that you spend 1-2 hours to develop a security plan .  Below are 20 tips for international travel:

  1. Register your trip on the US State Department web site.
  2. Review the latest intelligence information, threat assessment, and travel warnings on the US State Department and CIA web sites for the countries of destination.
  3. If you work for a company that has a Global Security Director, speak directly to that person and ask them for resources to help you in that country.
  4. Note the US Embassy or US Consulate contact information and address.  If […]

Navigating Security Checkpoints in Mexico

One of the biggest threats when traveling in Mexico is exposure while driving on the highways. Specifically, there have been a number of attacks by drug cartels on vehicles traveling on highways on the east and west coasts of Mexico.

The major problem to the traveler when on the highways is the occasional military or law enforcement security checkpoint. Although there are legitimate checkpoints, many are set up by cartels that are wearing police or military uniforms and who are using the check points to execute an attack.

The following are guidelines we give our Clients are they travel through Mexico:

  1. Avoid travel […]

Kidnap For Ransom: On the Rise

An excerpt from a Barron’s article in the Dow Jones News Services (5.21.2011) titled Protecting Yourself Against Kidnapping describes one woman’s harrowing experience with kidnappers and how she was able to save herself:

‘When Gert Boyle, the octogenarian chairman of Columbia Sportswear Co., returned home last November, she found a gunman waiting in the driveway. The thug forced her into her house outside Portland, Ore., and roughed her up, the first part of a plan to kidnap the woman whose ads call her ‘one tough mother’. She foiled her captor, who allegedly wanted $20,000 in ransom, by triggering her home’s silent […]

Mexican Police Chief and Bodyguards Killed by Cartels

The police chief of Minatitlan-Cosoleacaque Inter-Municipal police force, Juan Moreno Lopez, and his body guards Alvaro Chagala and Moises Ramous were killed in Veracruz, Mexico at the end of April during an attack by cartel gunmen. Although army soldiers and local police officers have launched an operation to locate the assailants, no results have been produced.

This most recent murder of a Police Chief brings in to question the quality of security these individuals are receiving. It exposes the lack of planning, intelligence, and juxtaposes the skill level of the cartel gunmen in relation to that of the police officers and […]

Impersonation of a Police Officer: Bad Security!

Two security guards, who escorted rapper Lil Wayne to a nightclub in Indiana, now face charges of impersonating police officers. The two men led a caravan of tour buses in a car with sirens and flashing red and blue lights while also wearing police-like uniforms and gun belts. These two security guards serve as a great example of what not to do and unfortunately counterfeit cops are not uncommon. It is incidents like this that give the Security industry a bad name! Before deciding on an Executive Protection firm, there are several questions a client may consider. They may ask […]

Border Security

Janet Napolitano in a recent interview said, “the border is as secure now as it ever has been”.  I believe that this is not good enough and here is the reason why:  when we provide protection on someone’s estate, office or facility we have failed if we let one bad-guy onto the location.  Our properties are often surrounded by fence and use the most sophisticated cameras, alarm systems, motion detectors and other cutting edge equipment.

This posting is not to compare an estate, or office to a border that has no fence and over 2,000 miles of unprotected land, but the […]

Superbowl Security

Many of us will enjoy the Super Bowl today and will not realize the security preparations that will be in place to keep the stadium and the area around the stadium safe.  The planning and preparation for security starts when one game finishes for the following year.  Weeks before the game starts it is 24 hour/7 days a week protection.

This involves law enforcement and private security including US Secret Service, FBI, ATF, Texas State, and local law enforcement.  They will have counter-sniper teams, SWAT teams, motorcycle police escorts, and dogs that detect explosive devices and will have the most sophisticated […]

Journalists Attacked in Egypt

Anderson Cooper was attacked twice and hit multiple times and Christiane Amanpour and her crew were chased to her car.  They kicked the doors and broke the windshield of Amanpour’s vehicle.

These journalists did have security advisors but not executive protection agents while in Cairo, Egypt.   In all three incidents involving Cooper and Amanpour, it seems that the journalists and their teams were surprised and caught off-guard.  This, in the midst of an anti-American crowd where they had no support from local security forces.

Had they been travelling with a security team – the Agents would have assessed the need to cover […]