Route Analysis & Selection

Whether you are self-driving or using a driver route analysis and route selection are key elements of your security when moving around your overseas location.  Route selection is important because: It allows you to avoid known danger areas such as high-crime neighborhoods or to implement countermeasures if the area is unavoidable. Provides you with alternate…

Self Driving vs. Hiring a Driver: the Pros & Cons

One of the questions for expatriates and many travelers is whether to hire a local driver or drive themselves.  There are pros and cons associated with both choices and its important to recognize and consider them when making a decision. This discussion focuses on expatriates and travelers in developing countries where this decision is much…

The Danger of Feeling “Safe”

Some cities feel dangerous.  If you have ever been to Kinshasa or Lagos, Peshawar or Karachi you know what I mean.  Abject poverty, streets packed with teeming masses eyeing you, the wealthy foreigner, hungrily.  Many other cities don’t feel that dangerous but are.  Johannesburg, with its skyscrapers boasts a high violent crime rate and at…

Checkpoints & Roadblocks

Checkpoints and roadblocks set up by security forces are a common facet in countries in the developing world, particularly in conflict and post-conflict environments.  In addition to checkpoints run by relatively legitimate governmental authorities in some places there are also checkpoints and roadblocks set up by guerilla and paramilitary groups as well as common criminals….

Common Carjacking & Other Vehicle Assault Methods

Carjacking remains a serious threat in many developing countries.  For our purposes in this post we will broaden the definition of carjacking and consider not only forcible theft of the vehicle but also armed robbery of the vehicle’s occupants and/or kidnapping.  This may bother some purists as technically carjacking is meant to infer the theft…

The Miracle Fishing Kidnap Threat

We have repeatedly discussed the pre-operational steps that occur prior to most crimes from similar robbery to assassination and perhaps most notably kidnapping.  These steps include things like surveillance and target selection.  There is at least one type of crime where this does not occur however — at least not in the typical sense —…

Devil’s Breath & The Ativan Gang

An alarming trend that has been occurring in different places around the world is the use of drugs in facilitating crimes like robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping.  These incidents have occurred in locations as varied as Colombia, the Philippines and India. While most Americans may be aware of the use of drugs such as Rohypnol…

Dealing with the Police in the Developing World

Most of us raised in the US and other democracies have been taught from an early age to seek out a police officer for assistance when they have a problem.  Unfortunately this is not always the best course of action in the developing world.  In these locations police and other security forces are often best…