Security is required in all operational environments, no matter which industry or sector you work in. Having effective security measures in place is essential for any business but particularly important for senior management or key members of staff who are often the main targets for criminal activity. To keep your staff and your business secure it is important to build in time to develop a plan to combat any future threats and implementing a safety-conscious culture across the business.
Tiger kidnapping is a significant threat facing senior management and key members of staff. It is a crime that involves the kidnapping and/or the abduction of a person or something which holds significant value, then using the threat of force against the victim to force a staff member into committing a crime on their behalf. Tiger kidnap was first recorded in 1972 and since then, it has become a more popular way to target senior members of staff – between 2003-2006, tiger kidnapping cases rose by 300%. This form of kidnap involves criminals conducting in depth surveillance on their victims to identify routines and level of authority. There have been several cases of this in the UK over the last few years, particularly in the finance industry or more recently ‘Cash Rich’ businesses. These cases can cost businesses thousands or even millions, with one business in Dublin losing €225,000 in one incident alone.
Data security is also another threat to large businesses. Senior members of your team will have a lot of access to valuable files, so it’s crucial to implement a structure that would significantly reduce any data breaches. This means limiting the clearance of important passwords or accounts to only essential members of staff and ensuring that security policies are in place.
There are many other safety issues that can affect your business. Most of the time, the level of security breach will depend on your industry and the role that your staff play in your business. However, security training is available for any business and can be tailored to meet your needs. Security training can help maintain morale levels and help them to feel as though your company is looking out for their wellbeing. It can also leave them feeling as though the business is prepared for any issues that could possibly occur and pre-empt any possible dangerous situations.
To ensure you keep your staff and VP’s out of danger, you should:
- Carry out a risk analysis – this will allow you to work out your areas of vulnerability before you implement a security strategy.
Introduce a security strategy – this will help your staff feel more prepared if any situation arises as they will know what is expected of them and what the correct protocol is.
- Adopt a safety culture – staying safe at all times should be essential to your business. If you constantly have safety measures in place and follow the strategy recommended to you, it is less likely that your business will be compromised.