If you’re a business owner, you’re a target. Sounds menacing, right? But it’s true. Business owners have increased levels of responsibility, often make a higher income and may have social connections that can make them irresistible to criminals. If you’re planning to travel internationally for work, you need to start thinking about executive travel security for your business.
Kidnapping, rape and robbery aren’t easy topics to discuss. Neither are natural disasters or medical emergencies. Hopefully, you’ll never face a situation where any of these scenarios are true. And yet, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the worst. IMG GlobalSecur’s security experts can help ease your executive travel security fears and prepare you to put your best foot forward while away from home. Below are some tips for executive travel:
Keep a low profile whenever possible. Don’t bring attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewelry, watches or fancy tailored clothing. Even a luxury brand suitcase, nice camera or purse can scream “money” to thieves. When you’re not in a business meeting, dress like the locals. Try to pack smart and light whenever possible.
Beware of public transportation while traveling. Busy public transit systems like the subway can create the perfect opportunity for petty theft. IMG GlobalSecur’s executive travel security team can arrange secure transportation for you if desired. This will enable you to get to and from your destination with peace of mind and without the hassle of public transit.
Don’t forget about cybersecurity while you’re away from the office. Sometimes, theft can occur without your knowledge. In today’s digital world, it’s fairly easy for criminals to access private or business data from your electronic devices while you’re using public WiFi. If you plug your phone into a USB port for charging in an airport / hotel etc, you’re also at risk…these ports can get tampered with so they collect information from your phone. In general, the less you use your electronic devices for business while traveling, the better!
In conclusion, executive travel security is an important consideration for business owners. As they say, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” Don’t forget your responsibility to yourself to stay safe while on the go.