Travel Safety and Security Case Study
Protecting your employees that travel internationally
Does your company require its employees to travel? Are
you respecting your Duty of Care to your employees? Do you realize you are
responsible for their safety, and do you know to what extent that
People are your company's greatest asset.
Make travel safety and security
a priority today.
Department of State has issued a Worldwide Caution to update information on
the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S.
citizens and interests throughout the world.
(US State Dept. Jan 24th
2012).Threats to Businesses
The media is quick to jump on companies that fail to adequately protect
executives traveling abroad. You don't want your company to be the "poster
child" for firms that neglect to adequately train and protect their
Victims and their families need to blame someone, usually the company that sent them, often unprepared, overseas.
Company morale is critical. If your employees don't feel management is supportive and looking out for their safety and
well-being, you may have executives who are reluctant to travel overseas to
- Loss of Business as a result of low morale!
On September 28, 1976,
Gustavo Curtis was kidnapped in Bogota. Believing that Curtis or his wife
was involved in the kidnapping, his employer, the Beatrice Foods Company
refused to pay the demanded $5 million ransom. After a lie detector cleared
Mrs. Curtis, the company paid a $430,000 ransom to secure Curtis's release.
A year later, on March 25, 1978, the Curtis' filed suit in federal court
in New York, asking $185 million in damages from Beatrice Foods on the
grounds that the company had not done enough to protect Curtis or to affect
The pregnant tourist who was brutally murdered in
Puerto Rico Wednesday 4th February 2009 was looking forward to her upcoming
wedding and the birth of her first child in May, her family told
"Sara was a devoted daughter, a free spirit and a person
who had a love for life," said Joan Lang, the mother of Sara Kuszak, who was
kidnapped and murdered after going for a jog on the Caribbean island.
Kuszak, 35, who had arrived from her home in Savannah, Ga., the night
before she was found with her throat slashed, was a little more than five
months pregnant with a baby boy, according to Lang.
Lang said she
believes her daughter was simply keeping up with her exercise routine when
she decided to take a walk early Wednesday morning. Authories say Kuszak was
forced into a man's trunk in Fajardo, in eastern Puerto Rico.
Authorities traced the signal from a cell phone call Kuszak made from her
kidnapper's car an hour before she was found dead. Her abductor, 36-year-old
Eliezer Marquez Navedo, has reportedly been charged with two counts of rape
and one count of kidnapping.
The UK government has called for the release of a
kidnapped British woman whose husband was murdered during an attack at the
Kenyan beach resort where they were on holiday.
The couple, who have
not been named, were staying at the remote Kiwayu Safari Village, close to
the Somalian border, when gunmen burst into their beach hut just after
midnight on Sunday, September 11th 2011. The husband is believed to have
been shot dead after trying to resist the assailants, who ordered the
Britons to hand over their valuables. His wife was dragged to the speedboat
on which the gunmen had arrived and has not been seen since. Kenyan police
are refusing to speculate on who the attackers might be, but The Guardian
has been told that officers fear the raid may have been carried out by
members of the Somali Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab rather than
The Kenyan government has sent anti-terror and special
crimes officers to the area as part of an enormous search and rescue
mission, but Ndegwa Muhoro, Director of the country's Criminal Investigation
Department, said no word had yet been received from the woman's abductors.
"We believe it is a kidnap but we are yet to receive any communication
from the alleged kidnappers... we are working to secure the safe and swift
release of the British national who has been kidnapped and ask those
involved to show compassion and release the individual immediately."
Police said the couple were attacked on the first night of their stay and
were the resort's only guests.
The FCO (British Foreign and
Commonwealth Office) repeated its warning against venturing within 18 miles
(30km) of the Kenya-Somalia border, reminding travelers that there had been
earlier attacks in Kenya carried out by Somali militia. Two western nuns
were kidnapped in November 2008, and three aid workers were abducted in July
Attacks on tourists are unusual in Kenya, which is popular for
its safari vacations and pristine beaches. According to its website, the
secluded Kiwayu Safari Village takes "security and safety very seriously."
How SSG Security Group Will Protect Your Employees Traveling Abroad
Benefits to You and Your Organization
- Come to your place of employment and train your employees for their specific trip
- Electronically monitor your travel with our 24/7 Operations Room and security consultants on constant standby
- Meet and Greet Services: we meet you when you arrive at your destination and escort you to your hotel or office
- Full Executive Protection Service: for the higher-risk traveler, we provide teams of highly trained and experienced Agents to protect you and your assets
- Protection from liability
Implementing a security travel program shows potential litigators and
your employees that you are fulfilling your "duty of care" and providing a
safe environment in which to work, even when traveling.
Take care of your employees and they will be loyal in return.
Avoid the risk and expense of negative publicity. A company that receives negative press can see its
reputation destroyed. Worse yet, it can be driven out of business
keep your company's greatest asset - your people - safe and secure. Call SSG
at 1-888-997-3434 today to schedule a
to improve international travel safety for your company's