Kidnap & Ransom Series by Michael Clayton – Presented by Worldwide Intelligence Network
Are You Equipped? Why Security Briefings Are Important By Michael Clayton;
The victim of a kidnap complained after being released that he had followed the security recommendations every day. The guard at the company confirmed his boss would arrive at various times in the morning, that he varied his routes, sometimes arriving from one direction and sometimes from another. He said his boss varied how he arrived, i.e., he varied the use of several cars he owned; he received rides from others, and took taxis from his home to work. So why had the kidnappers taken him? How did the kidnappers know where he was going to be? The guard confirmed that his boss always parked his car in the same space every day, and he was kidnapped as he left his parked vehicle. The aforementioned case happened in Mexico. Though the victim had been given a security briefing and he was aware of the risks around him, he did not apply all of the tools he had learned to every aspect of his daily routine. In a review of cases managed over a six-year period, out of those briefed, only three individuals had been kidnapped. The purpose of security briefings is to enable individuals to recognize the risks that surround them, and then how to respond to those risks. However, this is only possible by following certain criteria for a successful briefing such as a wide range of topics, a qualified presenter, and continuing preventive training. The following is a list of topics that should be covered and highlighted with client-specific information:
- Relevant kidnap case studies
- How kidnappers work
- How individuals are targeted
- How to become a difficult target
- Should a kidnap occur, how best to survive
- Problems specific to the locale
The quality of the security consultant who gives the briefing is of equal importance. The consultant should have several years of onsite case management experience, he should have lived in country, or at least be genuinely familiar with the culture of the countries in which clients live and work, and have near native language capability. In times of crises, clients want to know that they will have immediate access to an experienced consultant who will give them specific and time-tested advice. Another aspect of effective preventive training is that of the follow-up briefing. To renew skills and review changing kidnap trends helps to guard against future threats. By following these standards when looking for the proper service provider to perform a security briefing, clients will be confident that they and their family members will be best equipped to mitigate risks after they are trained.
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BIOGRAPHY OF AUTHOR ROBERT MANN
Robert was born in New York and as a youngster moved to California with his family where he now resides. Robert became an ardent reader of suspense novels and cultivated a passion for solving mysteries at a very young age. Twenty-six years ago he founded the Worldwide Intelligence Network which is an accomplished licensed California and New York Private Investigation company. Today his investigative skills encompass a broad range of diverse investigative assignments all presented on his company’s website.
Worldwide Intelligence Network’s investigative assignments have taken Robert around the world where he often worked alongside with associates native to the country where the assignments took him.
Several valued and well-respected prestigious law firms from coast to coast have retained the services of Worldwide Intelligence Network as well as public and private corporations, government agencies such as the County of Los Angeles and the City Attorney of Los Angeles, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles. Robert and his team of investigators serve small business owners, multi-national corporations, celebrities, and high-net-worth individuals. Worldwide Intelligence Network is ranked among the “Five Best Private Investigation Companies in America” by Conde Nast Publications.
Culturally savvy and globally-minded; Robert became an expert at interviewing, researching, assessing, writing/editing, and reporting with a keen understanding of the law, evidentiary procedures, and validation of admissible evidence, as well as applicable fraud statues at the State and Local levels.
One of Robert’s most memorable investigations took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (formally Saigon) where he was retained to conduct an extraordinary challenging and dangerous investigation of his client’s son’s murder. After concluding that investigation and identifying the killers, Robert felt compelled to write a novel “The Assignment” that was published and received excellent reviews.
Robert was continually being asked to provide Bodyguard services by his clients, and thus he acquired a license to offer Bodyguard Services around the world. SOME OF ROBERT’S INVESTIGATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
He has saved his insurance company clients hundreds of thousands of dollars by exposing fraudulent claims.
He located millions of dollars of embezzled funds overseas which led to a very favorable settlement.
He prevented an innocent client from being convicted of bribing a Federal Agent; The case was dismissed.
He located two runaway children within hours of their parent's requests.
He exposed a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by father and son upon an elderly woman with a terminal illness. Both were captured and convicted to five years in prison.
He revealed both unfaithful and faithful spouses in hundreds of infidelity assignments.
He identified who stole tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly woman with dementia and had that person arrested.
Asked to locate an employee of a law firm who went missing he found out that she had been murdered by her significant other who when confronted by the Los Angeles Police Department, took his life.
Robert personally connects with all of his clients and potential clients to make sure they are presented with the best investigative options and personal protection services. ROBERT MANN’S CREDENTIALS AND AFFILIATIONS
California Private Investigator’s License, 14745
Private Investigator’s License New York, #0311124
California Private Patrol Operator’s License #15757
POST Certified on Background Investigations Course
Member of the California Association of Private Investigators CALI
Qualified Provider of MCLE by The California State Bar
Robert provides Pro Bono Investigative Services to the Public Counsel of Los Angeles.
Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation.