Corporate Executive Protection (CXP) teams doing assignments in the major urban centers of Nigeria, such as Abuja and Lagos should beware that violent crime is on the rise. Armed attacks, assaults, undisciplined Nigerian police road checkpoints, kidnappings, hostage taking and ship hijackings make the place very dangerous.
Don’t get careless when on CXP assignments in Nigeria, carelessness kills. There is a high level of crime within the inner city and on the outskirts of Lagos. This includes armed robbery, hostage taking and violent armed assault. Robberies and muggings conducted by large well armed groups on a daily basis and police response in non-existent. Hotel room robberies is also a serious concern in Lagos and are on the rise in Abuja.
Petty crime such as pickpocketing, minor physical violence and purse snatching is common in all crowed places throughout Nigeria. Learn the geography of the city and keep alert in public markets, beaches and while walking along the sidewalks. Remain especially for client safety upon arrival in Lagos as incidents of armed robbery and carjacking are high along main routes to international and domestic airports, this is the most dangerous time of the assignment.
The CXP team should approach Lagos like any other violent Third World environment. Avoid traveling after dark and especially the outskirts of the city of Lagos. Your CXP team should be implementing best performance in protective measures for your clients in Lagos and throughout Nigeria. All the best and keep out of harm’s way.
There is a heightened security threat to Western executives and interests throughout Cambodia, this includes the areas of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Exercise high caution, particularly at night and in commercial and public establishments (hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship), outdoor recreational events, and tourist areas.
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are classified as dangerous due to street crime, targeting Western executives. Along the riverfront in Phnom Penh and on beaches in Sihanoukville has a high risk of armed assaults. Many Western tourists and visiting Western executives have been injured in the course of assaults and armed robberies. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville has violent criminals on motorcycles that grab bags and briefcases from pedestrians.
Armed Bandits roam the streets of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, as well as on routes between Snoul, Kratie and Stung Treng in the northeastern provinces of Cambodia. Avoid the outskirts of Phnom Penh due to the high rate of violent crime in the area. Keep within the inner city area. When visiting the country on executive protection assignments, make your client disappear off the radar screen by not attracting attention, avoiding the ill-disciplined police and military personnel, and by staying cautious every step of the way.
Keep a sharp look-out for anyone following you during your visit. Learn the geography of the city by studying a map. Implement best security measures and avoid crowded environments. All Third World urban environments are tough, and demand highly effective security strategies. I know you will not compromise your security and follow these tips while on your visit to the country. All the best and keep out of harm’s way.