Posted on 11 Apr 2012
With the risk of kidnap, detention, and extortion events on the rise in both domestic and foreign markets, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, a leading managing general underwriter, offers 15 safety tips to manage risk when traveling abroad on business.
The tips are in conjunction with Schinnerer’s 15th anniversary of offering Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion coverage. The program is available in all states and admitted in every state except South Dakota and Washington where it is offered on a non-admitted basis. The program is available to both companies and high-net worth individuals.
“Increased global instability has caused companies to focus more than ever on the safety of their employees,” said Sarah Katz, Schinnerer’s manager of the program. “Given our experience and expertise, Schinnerer is uniquely positioned to help its clients navigate the ever-changing risk landscape.”
The 15 tips are:
1. Provide your office with your itinerary.
2. Check in with your home office twice a day.
3. Prior to departure, register with your embassy in your destination.
4. Carry a cell phone programmed with emergency numbers (corporate hotline / contact; embassy number; hotel management / concierge).
5. Limit the number of credit cards and amount of cash carried.
6. Avoid needless reference to your company / business affiliation.
7. Avoid disputes, demonstrations, political rallies and commotions on the street.
8. Be observant of where you are and where you are going at all times.
9. Be alert if you continue to see the same faces and vehicles, and wary of loiterers.
10. If you suspect you are being followed, enter any busy public place and call for help.
11. Pre-arrange the transport to pick you up from the airport.
12. When not being met by a company or host driver, use hotel cabs.
13. Windows should be kept rolled up and doors locked at all times while in a vehicle.
14. In regions with known risks, arrange accompaniment if you must leave the hotel / office on foot, particularly after dark.
15. Avoid hotel rooms on the first floor or otherwise easily accessible from outside the building.
Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc. is one of the largest and most experienced underwriting managers of professional liability and specialty insurance programs in the world. Schinnerer now serves more than 46,000 insureds in various specialty industries through independent insurance agents and brokers. Learn more at www.schinnerer.com <http://www.schinnerer.com>.