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Dear All,

This is for your consumption BOTH HOME AND ABROAD
 
This internal communication is important to review measures Nigerians can take to limit the likelihood of being involved in a kidnap incident.
 
It begins with conducting a personal risk assessment. In assessing the threat you should pay particular attention to the following questions:
 
·         What is the specific risk of the city or area that you are living or working in? You can know this from open source press reports.
·         What do people perceive is your status, either as an individual or within the street or area ? Are you seen as being in a position of wealth or authority? Do people assume that you are, or do they confuse you with someone else who is in such a position?  Are criminals likely to believe that they will gain a substantial amount of money for your (or your family's) safe return if kidnapped?
·         Have any specific threats been made against you, your ethnic group/tribe or Guinness Nigeria?  Has anyone shown an unusual interest in you or your family's movements or plans? Have you received unusual phone calls or visitors at your home or place of work?
 
Prevention is key –
5 Basic Security Principles. Once you understand the risks specific to you it is important to take measures to limit those risks, using five general security principles. They use the acronym SAFER:
 
1. Situational Awareness: Maintain an awareness of your surroundings. Deliberately scan your surroundings from left to right in the near, middle and far distance. Having read the security briefs and updates describing the threats and security trends in the location you are working or living imagine what method a kidnapper might use and then in which locations they might attempt it. Raise your level of awareness at these locations. They may include ATMs, major junctions, or entering and leaving your residence and place of work.

2. Avoid Routine: kidnappers favour targets with predictable routines. Individuals who vary their day-to-day routines are less likely to be targeted. Vary routes, times, destinations, profiles, etc

3. Follow Security Procedure: The security team have security procedures and restrictions in place: find out and follow these.

4. Ensure Reliable Communications: Ensure that you have left full details of your itinerary with someone who will know what to do if you fail to arrive. Have all the numbers you need and a charged phone (battery and credit)

5. Remain anonymous by keeping a low profile: kidnappers are more likely to target individuals who appear wealthy. A low profile and a look of confidence will reduce the risk of being targeted. Dress down and be aware of what the profile your vehicle, and those you travel with, may suggest.
 
More specific tips on avoiding becoming a kidnap victim:
 
Never accept food or drinks from strangers. Kidnappers can use such opportunities to drug victims.

Always carry a fully charged mobile phone with you with the emergency numbers pre-programmed.

If possible, select an older, more basic vehicle to avoid attracting attention. Thieves may favour particular luxury models. Keep all doors locked and windows closed (particularly when stationary). Keep items of value out of sight.

When driving keep a good distance away from the vehicle in front (at least half a car’s length when in traffic, more at speed) to give room for manoeuvre in the event of trouble. Be alert to ploys such as cars that lightly bump you, bogus accidents or roadblocks.

Remain in the locked vehicle and only crack the window to communicate. If possible, drive on and notify the police when it is safe to stop. If confronted with a roadblock for any reason, stop well short of the incident and think immediately of an escape route should anything untoward happen.

When on foot or driving be especially vigilant at vulnerable points particularly if you see suspicious persons loitering in the area. Ignore beggars or street vendors who approach you or your vehicle.

Wherever possible, vary the garage where you fill up with petrol, and ensure that your petrol tank is kept well filled at all times and your car is serviced regularly.
 
In general you are at your most vulnerable when arriving or exiting your residence or office – remain aware. Phone ahead if there is a guard so he can perform a sweep of the area and give you the all clear or inform you to drive past if he has any suspicions.

If you have to open gates on your own to gain access, park at 90 degrees to the gates when opening them to allow yourself the option of driving away if someone tries to block you in.
If you suspect that you are being followed either on foot or in a vehicle, enter any busy public place and call for help.

It is important to share this security advice with your dependents. Ensure that your children have been educated on the basics of not talking to strangers and how to call for help. Give clear and precise instructions to your child's school on action to be taken if your child fails to attend class, or someone unknown arrives to take the child from school Arrange a code word or signal that can be used on the telephone or in eye contact between yourself, your family and staff that would alert them to danger Vet any staff you employ at home. In many cases intelligence about the routine of kidnap victims has been communicated to kidnappers by employees of the victim. Where possible avoid discussing your movements in presence and to the hearing of your employees, neighbours or trades people Try to ensure that your premises not only are protected and well lit, but appear well protected to the onlooker. Consult the security team if you need any advice on achieving this Be observant. If you notice strangers and events that may be out of the ordinary. Make a written/mental note and contact security if you are concerned.

Do not dispose of confidential information in the dustbin. You should ensure all confidential information is shredded or disposed of in a confidential waste bin Do not admit service engineers or other trades people into your home without full identification and if necessary telephone their business address to check their credentials. Call for help if you are in any doubt.
 
If a kidnapper attempts to seize you…
If you believe you are just about to be seized, if possible try and get away from the potential assailant as soon and as fast as you can either on foot or in your vehicle in the opposite direction or towards the nearest safe haven. Do not wait for them to attempt to take you to act. If there is no obvious opportunity to escape co-operate with assailant(s) and do not make eye contact or sudden movements. Resistance is more likely to provoke violence. Fighting back should always be a last resort. If you believe your assailants/kidnappers to be politically or ideologically motivated rather than financially motivated you may choose to attempt to fight your way free during the seizure. In the areas Guinness Nigeria operates it is overwhelmingly likely any kidnap will be financially motivated.

If resisting, speak with calm, even voice – give the impression of confidence but demonstrate that you are not a treat.  Raised open palms are a sign of non-confrontation but a sign of strength and allows you to fend off an attacker if necessary.  Your head and chest are the two most critical areas to protect.
 
We have endeavoured to make you aware of some simple but practical steps that you can take to protect yourself from the activities of kidnappers.  By following the SAFER principles and the advice given here you can minimize the risk.

Be safety conscious.
 


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Re: Security Tips to Protect Yourself from Kidnap
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Yes oooo.........

In this day and age, one cannot but be extra vigilant and security conscious!


It is well.

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Yes oooo.........

In this day and age, one cannot but be extra vigilant and security conscious!


It is well.

@ Zalmanar -  You are down right...

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Aare MacFally
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