July 06

ETS Security Overview – Kenya

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Travel by road in Kenya is high risk. Local driving standards are low Secure Ground Transportation Nairobi, road traffic laws are poorly enforced, and local drivers routinely ignore traffic laws and the limited number of functioning traffic lights. There is increased risk of a road traffic crash or incident due to the poor infrastructure, poor road and vehicle conditions. The roads in most major cities show signs of wear, including potholes and other obstructions. Many vehicles do not meet minimal safety standards and are in poor mechanical condition with worn tires, broken and/or missing taillights, brake lights, and headlights.


June 30

Secure Airport Transfers Johannesburg

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ETS Risk Management is one of the leading providers of Secure Ground Transportation Johannesburg and executive protection in South Africa.  We provide protective services to multiple companies and business travelers, Conferences, and Non-Governmental Organizations traveling through the region. ETS has an exceptionally experienced and trusted security team based in Johannesburg.  This is our main area of operation, but we also serve the popular tourist location of Cape Town and the broader province as required.ETS can support all airport transfers with local security drivers and executive protection teams. We facilitate security airport transfers for a range of clients and are preferred suppliers to a number of Fortune 500 clients for Johannesburg and Cape Town security. Our security drivers and accompanying Close Protection officers provide a low-profile meet and greet service and enable secure movement to/from airport and hotels. Armed Executive Protection is common-place and often advised.

June 29

Transportation and Executive Protection Secure Services

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ExecSecure is a secure executive transportation and personal protection service for business executives traveling throughout the world. Our innovative service is focused on the simplification and standardization of global business executive travel security.Our secure ground transportation Buenos Aires network has a full range of non-armored vehicles and also low profile and armored vehicles to suit our clients’ needs.


June 24

Secure Transportation And Executive Protection Services In Sao Paulo

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ETS Risk Management has been providing protective services in Brazil for nearly 8 years Armored Vehicle Rentals Sao Paulo. In Brazil we provide high quality secure transportation (ground and air), Executive Protection, asset and supply chain security, and project management services. ETS supports client operations throughout Brazil with primary secure transportation and Executive protection service in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia.

June 24

Saudi Arabia Secure Airport Transfers

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ETS can support all airport transfers with local security drivers and bilingual executive protection officers View More.  Our security drivers and security teams provide a low-profile meet and greet service and enable secure movement to/from airport and hotels. The vast majority of clients utilize our secure transportation services for the duration to facilitate secure movement on-demand. ETS is flexible to the clients’ requirements and adapts to facilitate all movements where possible.  Our main areas of operations include Riyadh and Jeddah, but we have the capability to branch out to more remote cities, including Mecca and Dammam.


June 23

Sao Paulo Secure Transportation Services

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Our secure transportation Brazil network has a full range of non-armored vehicles and also low profile armored vehicles to suit our clients’ needs Secure Ground Transportation Sao Paulo. Our local security drivers are highly trained, English speaking and have a deep knowledge and understanding of the many risks and threats that Brazilians face every day especially in secure ground transportation Sao Paulo. The ETS team has been working together since undergoing protective operations prior to, and during, FIFA 2014, and also extensive operations during Olympics Rio 2016.

June 23

Road Traffic Crashes | ETS Risk Management

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Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) are identified as the number one cause of death for travelers worldwide and it’s becoming a global health concern Executive Protection Services Mexico. The vast majority of Rideshare driving are part-time drivers, not professional, nor trained. The majority just jump in the car on their way home from work and do a few extra hours to supplement income. This also significantly increases the risk of fatigued driving, which is a major risk factor and a cause of multiple accidents.


June 18

Security Transportation Services | Islamabad

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According to the OSAC (U.S. State Department) 2016 Crime & Safety Report the Crime Rate in Islamabad is rated as MEDIUM. Threats to international travelers include gender and politically based violence and kidnapping, sexual assault, & civil unrest. Low profile crime such as ‘pan-handling’ at major intersections do occur, but statistics suggest that this is no more than in any other large city in the world.

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June 17

Executive Protection And Secure Transportation Services In Mexico City

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ETS Risk Management provides secure transportation Secure Ground Transportation Mexico City and protective services to a wide range of clients traveling to Mexico City and across all States of Mexico. We have a well-rounded team of security drivers and personal security officers for secure transportation and Executive Protection. All our local security team are highly experienced and vetted. Whether it’s just a transfer from airport to hotel or a full security detail involving armored vehicles and armed close protection officers, we have the ability to assist 24/7 both executive and leisure travelers.

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June 11

Nairobi Secure Transportation Services - Exec Secure

ETS Security Overview - Kenya

Kenya is considered a volatile country with a heightened risk of Terrorism.  Terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab have dominated the ground for several years, intimidation of locals and high-profile attacks against westerners have increased during this time.  Terrorist groups generally target western hotspots, for example, shopping complexes, beaches and hotels.  Foreign travelers should also be aware of an increased risk of violent crime such as muggings and robberies in major cities such as Nairobi.

Travel by road in Kenya is high risk. Local driving standards are low, road traffic laws are poorly enforced, and local drivers routinely ignore traffic laws and the limited number of functioning traffic lights. There is increased risk of a road traffic crash or incident due to the poor infrastructure, poor road and vehicle conditions. The roads in most major cities show signs of wear, including potholes and other obstructions. Many vehicles do not meet minimal safety standards and are in poor mechanical condition with worn tires, broken and/or missing taillights, brake lights, and headlights.

Road conditions are poor in most outlying or rural areas, especially after the rainy seasons when roads deteriorate rapidly, causing extensive potholes and other road hazards. Strongly consider using four-wheel-drive vehicles, especially for travel outside major cities.

All clients utilizing our services get free access to the ExploreSecure® Travel Security Training.

Kenya Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Services

ETS Risk Management provide security transportation and Executive Protection services to a wide range of clients traveling to Nairobi and throughout Kenya. Our local, close-knit, and extremely experienced security team of protectors and security drivers have been working with ETS for multiple years. Whether just a secure transfer from airport to hotel for a business traveler, or a robust 24 hour armed security team to protect you or your family during a vacation, the ETS Nairobi based team are here to support.

ETS provides travel risk management solutions to a range of visitors and travelers to Kenya, whether business travelers, High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) or volunteers traveling to Nairobi or within Kenya.  Our central area of operation is in Nairobi, but our capabilities span across the country to include Mombasa and Malinda on the south-east coast.

ETS Security Experience in Kenya

ETS has consistently provided safe and secure transportation for business travelers, Corporations, Media Organizations and VIPs for almost 10 years in the region of Kenya.  We are the trusted provider of Secure transportation in the region to a range of Fortune 10, 100 and 500 companies. We provide a 24/7 GSOC to ensure all movement on the ground is monitored, intelligence is analyzed and proactive security measures are implemented to manage risk.  Our team are licenced, vetted and highly experienced at operating within high-risk environments.

Secure Airport Transfers Nairobi

We facilitate the safe and secure overland travel from Airport to hotel and hotel to airport. The ETS secure transfer service provides clients a reliable, high-level security meet and greet service, as well as safe escort between locations. We can provide armed security escorts for airport transfers. Quite often clients like to keep the armed security officers in Nairobi for the duration of their stay.

Our team of local security specialists include highly experienced and vetted Close Protection Officers;  their knowledge of security, logistics, emergency first aid, and understanding of local cultures ensures client operations are deployed securely and effectively at all times.

Security Services Offered in Nairobi

  • Secure Ground Transportation
  • Armed Security officers
  • Licensed Executive Protection Personnel
  • Local Drivers – English & Swahili speaking
  • Armored and Non-Armored Vehicles
  • Armed or unarmed protection (dependent on risk and requirement)
  • Site Security Surveys
  • Risk Reports
June 04

Buenos Aires Secure Transportation Services - Exec Secure

ETS Security Overview - Argentina

Argentina’s most recent change of Government, created tension and uncertainty among the population due to an unprecedented increase of poverty and unemployment. Street protests have soared in the past 6 months, crime increased dramatically, and a robbery gone wrong in 2019 made the news worldwide, following the murder of a British tourist.

Tourist and foreign executive travelers have been targeted by street gangs from arrival to the airport, during the transfer to the city, during commutes to and from the workplace and especially after dark while going to restaurants or attending events. Travel Security training pre-departure is suggested and is always included for free when utilizing our transport and EP services, please visit our Travel Security eLearning course for more information.

Buenos Aires being the capital and home for the Argentinian government is often subjected to random protests blocking traffic on major freeways, or areas in the vicinity of Government buildings, public or private events. Street crimes increased as poverty levels are higher than in the past 50 years, causing concerns especially in the most affluent areas of the city.

Argentina Secure Transportation and Executive Protection Services

ETS Risk Management provides secure transportation and Executive Protection services in Buenos Aires and Argentina. Our local EP and security transport specialists are licensed, vetted and highly experienced. ETS has managed security in Buenos Aires for business travelers, Energy corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and VIPs traveling to Argentina.  Our capabilities span across the country and we are able to facilitate border crossing into Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. From our base in Buenos Aires we are able to provide special event project management, site security surveys, and local intelligence or due diligence to mitigate risks.

Our secure transportation network has a full range of non-armored vehicles and also low profile and armored vehicles to suit our clients’ needs.

Secure Airport Transfers

ETS can facilitate security airport transfers  to ensure safe and secure movement from airport to hotel, and hotel to airport. We have a range of vehicle options, all with security drivers, and armed protection officers can also be utilized to facilitate a secure meet and greet service and escort into the hotel on arrival.

Armored Vehicles Buenos Aires, Argentina

We have a range of low profile armored vehicle options in Buenos Aires if preferred.

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Close Protection Specialists Buenos Aires

Our local Close Protection Officers, stem from Law Enforcement and Dignitaries Protection backgrounds, they are highly trained, English speaking and experienced at operating in high risk environments. Whether in an overt or covert capacity, our resources protect our clientele adapting to each assignment enabling client’s operations at all levels.

Security Services Offered in Buenos Aires

  • Secure Ground Transportation
  • Unarmed/Armed Security officers
  • Licensed Executive Protection Personnel
  • Local Drivers – Spanish & English speaking
  • Armored and Non-Armored Vehicles
  • Armed or unarmed protection (dependent on risk and requirement)
  • Site Security Surveys
  • Risk Reports
June 02

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Brazil

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Brazil Secure Transportation and Executive Protection Services

ETS Risk Management has been providing protective services in Brazil for nearly 8 years. In Brazil we provide high quality secure transportation (ground and air), Executive Protection, asset and supply chain security, and project management services. ETS supports client operations throughout Brazil with primary secure transportation and Executive protection service in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia.

Our local security team, led by the ETS Brazil Manager, a former Captain in the Policia Militar, provides clients the pinnacle of Executive Protection and corporate risk management service in Brazil. The vast majority of our work is in facilitating secure transportation of business travelers in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. We also assist with the movement of valuable assets over ground, and in project management of complex operations in more remote locations.

Our secure transportation Brazil network has a full range of non-armored vehicles and also low profile armored vehicles to suit our clients’ needs.

Our local security drivers are highly trained, English speaking and have a deep knowledge and understanding of the many risks and threats that Brazilians face every day especially in Rio and Sao Paulo. The ETS team has been working together since undergoing protective operations prior to, and during, FIFA 2014, and also extensive operations during Olympics Rio 2016.

Services Offered

  • Secure Ground Transportation
  • Helicopter transfers
  • Unarmed/Armed Security officers
  • Unarmed and Armed Executive Protection Personnel
  • Local Drivers – Brazilian (Portuguese) & English speaking
  • Armored and Non-Armored Vehicle
  • Special Event Security
  • Asset and Supply chain security
  • Site Surveys and Risk Assessments

Secure Airport Transfers Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo

We provide security transfers from airport to hotels and hotels to airport at competitive rates with exceptional levels of security services including armed EP officers, and a range of options for armored and non-armored vehicles. Our local security team, all English speaking, meet and greet in a low profile manner at the airport or hotel, escort you to the vehicle, and ensure smooth and safe transition to your destination.

ETS Security Experience in Brazil

ETS was involved extensively in both FIFA 2014 and Rio 2016 protecting tier-one sponsors , VIPs, and Celebrities in Rio de Janeiro. Services included the security of large groups of executives, secure ground transportation mostly conducted with armored vehicles, and security personnel liaising with local Law Enforcement agencies. Close protection services were provided during sport events and after hours activities and entertainment. ETS, in the past 8 years, has provided high level protective services for many organizations expanding and developing new partnerships in Rio and Sao Paulo. We have facilitated secure transportation via land, air and sea to representative of corporations, High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), NGO’s, Media organizations and 10, 100 and 500 Fortune companies for which ETS Risk Management is the preferred security provider.

Please visit our case studies to learn more about ETS’ past performance in Brazil.

Brazil Risk and Security Overview

Brazil is considered high risk for business and leisure travelers due to violent crimes such as assault, robbery, kidnapping and murder perpetrated by gangs that control the notorious “Favelas”. Non-violent crimes including thefts, pickpocketing and credit card scams are also prevalent in tourist and highly populated locations.

Travel by road in Brazil is medium to high risk. The standard of driving is poor, with many drivers insufficiently trained, uninsured and unqualified. Due to the low driving conditions, traffic can become congested in most major cities, including Rio de Janeiro. High volumes of traffic present a dangerous threat to travelers from opportunistic criminals in the area. Major roads that handrail or dissect through favelas are hotspots for criminal activity and western travelers are at increased risk. Common crimes include accessing static vehicles at traffic lights or during periods of heavy congestion. Criminals are known to steal valuables, and armed violence cannot be ruled out. Click here to learn about the F1 Grand Prix Sao Paulo Robbery Incident

Public transport can be unsafe for foreign travelers. Major transport hubs in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo can be particularly vulnerable to criminal activity.

As part of our service all clients have free access to our ExploreSecure® eLearning Travel Security training pre-departure.

Is Rio de Janeiro Safe for Business Travelers?2020-05-22T08:09:33-04:00

Yes, travel in Rio de Janeiro can be safe as long as basic precautions are taken and the traveler maintains robust situational awareness. One of the biggest risks to travelers is opportunistic violent street crime. Very often business and holiday travelers utilize secure transportation services to minimize time on the streets, and to manage the risk of driving through or near high-risk locations such as favelas etc.

Can security in Brazil be armed?2020-05-22T08:12:13-04:00

Yes, private security can be armed in Brazil. There are appropriate licenses, rules and regulations, but due to the high risk of violent crime the vast majority of security are armed.

Can armored vehicles be used in Brazil?2020-05-22T08:14:12-04:00

Yes, armored vehicles are widely used throughout Brazil and are commonplace. A lot of business travelers, high-net-worth’s, and celebrities utilize armored vehicles for transportation in Brazil due to the extra layers of security they provide and aligned to the risk of car jacking, and street crime.

Do I need private security when traveling in Brazil?2020-05-22T08:16:38-04:00

The vast majority of business travelers, high-net-worth’s, celebrities and even families traveling to and within Brazil utilize secure transportation services, often supplemented with executive protection Due to the amount of violent crime, the prolific use of firearms, and the proximity of high-risk locations to tourist and business hot-spots private security and secure transportation is advised.

Is the road between Rio de Janeiro and the airport (GIG) safe?2020-05-22T08:19:09-04:00

No, the road between the airport (GIG) and the main tourist locations on Copacabana and Ipanema crosses several locations considered high-risk e.g. Favelas. The road infrastructure in Rio is heavily overstretched, with all major and minor routes regularly heavily congested, and very few options for alternative routes. There are regular incidents of stray gunfire affecting the road users, as well as criminals and gangs occasionally utilizing traffic congestion to their advantage.

These factors compounded together will provide security teams a serious logistical and risk management issue. Significant travel disruption can be expected in all of Rio during normal days, both workdays and weekends.

Is Sao Paulo safe for business travelers?2020-05-22T08:20:54-04:00

Sao Paulo, as per Rio, can lull you into a false sense of security. Many trips can go by without incident. However, there is a credible and significant risk of violent crime, and all business travelers are at high risk of opportunistic crime no matter what your company, role, or reason for travel.

There is a propensity for violence in Brazil unlike many other countries, fueled by massive disparity of wealth, the easy availability of firearms, the influence (and power) of drug- and arms-trafficking gangs, and under funded and ineffective policing.

Each year a number of foreigners are killed or injured during attempted robberies, car-jackings and express kidnaps, the majority of targeted victims do not have personal security, or have not carried out basic security protocol.

Is it safe to go on a favela tour?2020-05-22T08:24:38-04:00

No, it is not safe to go on a favela tour. We strongly advise you do not do these. You have zero control of your safety because gang violence or Police and gang interaction can turn deadly in seconds and you will have nowhere to go. Your guides cannot guarantee your safety if caught in a crossfire or by a stray bullet. Critical incidents such as this unfortunate scenario can occur  – Spanish Tourist Shot Dead

May 29

Services Offered in Sao Paulo


We provide secureground transportation Sau Paulo from airport to hotels and hotels to airport at competitive rates with exceptional levels of security services including armed EP officers, and a range of options for armored and non-armored vehicles. Our local security team, all English speaking, meet and greet in a low profile manner at the airport or hotel, escort you to the vehicle, and ensure smooth and safe transition to your destination.


May 06

Now Hire Best Armored Vehicle Rental in UK

ETS facilitates VIPs, Celebrities, and Business travelers in London through the provision of comprehensive Executive Protection, secure transport, logistic, and local-fixer support.  Our team of English speaking VIP protection specialists in London provide high-level armored vehicle hire UK, local expert drivers, and have excellent networks of fixers, and contacts through the city to support VIP travelers, groups, and entourages.

May 06

Travel Security in Mexico: Ground Truth and Transportation | ETS Risk Management


Secure Transportation & Ground Truth; Key aspects of Business Travel Security In Mexico

 

 

National Risk Assessments Are Not Useful

 

The business traveler to Mexico is ill-served by a national or regional level risk assessment approach.  Rather, Mexico travel risk must be viewed through the lens of locality. For example, risk levels in Cancun are not nearly the same as Monterrey. Corporate security organizations wedded to general travel advice for Mexican regions will not only find themselves saying “No” to business opportunities in safer towns but saying “Yes” to potentially life-threatening visits to villages that should be off-limits.  More than ever before, business travelers unaware of the risk distinctions from district to district, and neighborhood to neighborhood are either placing themselves at unprecedented risk or missing out on closing deals in places where the risk is manageable.

 

 

Last year, the U.S. State Department issued strict “do not travel” advisories for five Mexican states because of violent crime and gang activity. While the State Department has long recommended travelers exercise “increased caution” in Mexico in general because of widespread homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, the new warning elevates the five states to level 4, the highest level of potential danger. This advisory puts the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero on the same level as battle-weary countries like Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Yet, many businesses have chosen to interpret the “do not travel” advisories for those five states as precluding travel to even the surrounding regions adjacent to those states. In doing so, those businesses are foregoing opportunities by not seeking out the finer details of Mexican travel.

 

Security in Mexico, Questions You Must Ask

 



One question should be foremost in the mind of any business traveler to Mexico, whether pre-departure, upon arrival, and around the clock while in the country. That ever-present core query should be, “What’s the ground truth?” and ‘How can I get from A to B safely, commensurate with risk?”

 

 

Whether it’s Mexico City, Oaxaca, or Juarez, getting to the ground truth means asking the right questions designed to determine the specific risks. Mitigating and managing risks can only happen once you understand the distinct dangers of your locality.  Specific and practical risk questions are those that are directly linked to the where, who, why, and when of your Mexico travel.  For example, mapping the routes between your airport, hotel and business site allows you to learn if any of those routes are prone to incidents.  Assessing the crime near a local hotel and dining options permits you to plan for possible overnights in alternate locations.  Allowing security professionals to research known gang activity, robberies, and assaults at your destination over the last 30 days offer an understanding of the modus operandi of the local criminals and the potential to plan mitigating countermeasures.

 

 

Acknowledge and Understand Risks in Mexico to Better Overcome Them

 

Acknowledging the risks and planning for them is the first step toward enabling smarter business travel to Mexico. Remember, high-level security professionals, special forces and elite units around the world are not successful in their operations because of ninja-like capability.  These professionals succeed in the harshest of travel environments due to planning and preparation complemented by a pro-active situational awareness.  Learning of and thinking through every threat, assessing actual vulnerability to that threat based on hard data, and planning with professionals to avoid or manage that risk makes the difference between winning a contract or watching a competitor get the deal.  A simple but important example is in the risk of Kidnap.  In some locales in Mexico, Kidnap is high-risk, and most Kidnaps happen in or near a vehicle. Mitigation measures include pre-booking a vetted security driver with the right looking, low-profile vehicle, and varying travel routes each day.

 

 

In Mexico City, often non-armored vehicles with a security driver and a solid pre-travel safety briefing are commensurate with risk. In the other border regions, one may require a low-profile vehicle e.g. truck, and a covert advance asset to run the route and help fly under the radar. Alternatively, sometimes high profile armored vehicle convoys act as a necessary deterrent. One size definitely does not fit all in Mexico. The answer is to search out a subject matter expert advice.

 

 

What if?

 

Preparation for higher risk business travel must also include preparation for the possibility of the risk materializing despite mitigation measures.  This is where vigilance and situational awareness combine to help answer the question “What if” question.  For example, “What if that person watching me leave the hotel every morning has criminal links?” “What If my driver suddenly veers off route and says he is picking up a friend?”  “What if a car screeches up beside me and two men run towards me?”  The simple act of asking the “What if” question better prepares you to successfully and calmly react to the threat and survive it.

 

 

With planning and preparation, use of available data, and consultation with security professionals, business travel to Mexico can be both savvy and successful. But, with zero question two key pieces to the risk management plan must include Ground truth and solid secure ground transportation and journey management plan.

 

 

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