When traveling abroad, it’s important for everyone to plan ahead. However, this is especially true for Chinese billionaires. If you’re a Chinese billionaire, businessman, or another high-net-worth individual, you’ll need to do some pre-planning, which includes retaining high-level protection.
Know the Danger
It’s crucial that you understand the danger of traveling to any place, especially those that are considered high risk. Traveling to high-risk location can put your life in jeopardy, putting you at an increased risk for kidnapping, injury, and theft. When you retain executive protection, you’ll have a team behind you preparing for travel.
The executive protection team will do their due diligence to learn all there is to know about the area in which you are traveling. If there is any civil unrest, your executive protection team will know. They’ll also plan possible escape routes should something unexpected arise.
Can the State Department Help Keep You Safe?
Wherever you’re traveling to, you will be subject to the laws of that country. The State Department will not be able to provide you with much assistance, however. It’s up to you to hire a team of qualified individuals to keep you safe from physical harm while you are traveling.
Part of the pre-planning phase is getting clients set up for encrypted communication. One of the best ways to remain anonymous when traveling to a foreign country is to use encrypted communications.
Encryption will secure your data and protect any sensitive information like business communications and your location. Your cell phone and email account need to remain anonymous. However, you still need to be able to contact people while you’re visiting the United States. With encrypted communication, you can still communicate with the outside world, except your information remains anonymous.
How Do Executive Protection Agents Plan Ahead?
Many Chinese billionaires travel abroad without adequate protection from threats, including natural disasters and physical attacks. Failing to evaluate potential risks endangers yourself and your family.
Working in Advance
While many “protection agents” only protect their clients for the time period that they are with them in-person, the best executive protection agents do work in advance to ensure the protection and safety of their clients. This pre-planning work is key to the success of the protection.
Working in advance can include, but is not limited to:
Making Travel Arrangements
Being familiar with the destination country’s security threats is necessary to ensure total and complete security. Making the travel arrangements ensures that the client will be well protected as the agents make the best plans.
Agents must also uncover and understand any security threats in the country their client is traveling to. Security threats could be anything from protests or crime in the area. This allows them to plan and be ready for any possible outcomes.
Once you land in an unfamiliar country, you’ll have to make your way to a new destination, whether that’s the hotel or an important meeting. Wherever you go, it’s important that your routes have been mapped out accordingly to get you there safely and on time.
Similarly, whether you’re on foot or in a car, if something does go awry, you’ll need to be able to have an escape route to ensure complete safety. Executive protection agents know the areas you’ll be visiting and will have back up plans available at their discretion to ensure that harm won’t come to you.
Medical Emergency Preparation
While executive protection agents know their clients aren’t planning on having a medical emergency, things do happen. It’s always important to have a plan in place to get the client to the nearest and best facilities to ensure their security and health.
Executive protection agents map the nearest hospitals to where their clients are at all times so that if an emergency does happen, they can get you to a hospital without incident.
If your executive protection agents know that you have a medical concern that requires a specialist, they will find a specialist in the area in which you are traveling. They will send your medical records ahead of time so that there’s no time wasted once you make it to the emergency room.
All of the planning happens before the actual protection detail takes place so that when the agents are with the client in-person, they can better protect him or her. The protection detail is another critical element to the safety of an individual. With agents, drivers, and a support team, executive protection ensures that clients are safe wherever they go.
Without the proper protection detail, all of the work that went into the planning will be worthless, especially if it lacks professionalism.
Traveling with Family
Chinese billionaires traveling with their family should retain the services of a protection company. If an individual with bad intentions learns that you are traveling with your family, they may take it upon themselves to use your family to get to you.
Your children and loved ones are easier to target, especially if you only have security on yourself, which is why it’s so important to hire an executive protection firm that knows what it’s doing.
If you’re a Chinese billionaire traveling out of the country, call us today for executive protection that provides quality customer service.