Lessons From Tragic Kidnapping in Germany

Stalking via Social Media Social media may be the latest and most sensational wave of socially connecting with others that has ever been introduced to any civilization, so it should come as no surprise that we already witness all too often the seamier and more dangerous side of the Internet, where criminal minds have learned to take advantage of the anonymity and masquerade that online stalking can offer. In particular, the millennials of today have been raised to tweet, like, and follow anyone who may create the slightest interest or...

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Watching the Watchers

Watching the Watchers It is surprising to discover how many people who work in industries and businesses that primarily contract in large cash or equivalent goods do not consider themselves to be a potential target or leverage point for a criminal plot. Tiger kidnapping is a new term and practice that is becoming a more frequent and effective device for breaking through the security of a smaller banks, jewelry stores, pawn shops, and other establishments that are known to carry significant reserves of cash or other goods that can be easy to...

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Notes on the Savopoulos Killings

NOTE: This article references Stratfor Global Intelligence and the following URL: https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/savopoulos-case-study-protective-intelligence Notes on the Savopoulos Killings On May 14, 2014, the CEO of American Iron Works, Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, 10-year old son, and housekeeper were brutally murdered and their house set on fire in a failed attempt to destroy evidence. Subsequent investigation produced a viable suspect by the name of Darron Wint. Mr. Wint was a former employee of American Iron Works who worked from...

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Home Invasions: Are You at Risk

Home Invasion: Are You at Risk? While having your home robbed or burglarized is certainly no fun, being the victim of a home invasion is an even worse nightmare. Statistics show that families and individuals who are home during such a crime show little chance of survival. While it is true that many home invasions occur in lower-income neighborhoods and are often related to drug offenses or debt collections from gangs and syndicates, no one person or group should ever considered themselves immune from such an incident. Home invasions naturally...

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Better Safe than Sorry

International Conferences: Better Safe than Sorry There is a good reason why conventions and conferences are constantly created and attended. Many key and profitable business relations either are formed or are strengthened thanks to such gatherings. In our increasing global world of business, chances are that at some point, your firm will be involved in or will attend an international conference or convention. Because successful conventions tend to demand high profiles and generate wide attention and publicity, the need for proper security...

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Feeding Terrorist Threats and Goals

There is no doubt that in today’s times, terrorism is a very real and tangible inevitability. What we fail to take into consideration, though, is that while terrorism is nothing to disregard or belittle, it is also important to put it all in proper perspective. Similar to shutting and locking the barn door after the horses have fled, some of the reactive actions taken due to terrorist attacks seem to be established as a poor, after-the-fact, kneejerk reaction. Particularly since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were truly unthinkable and...

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