Close protection at Brazil Olympic
With the summer games fast approaching many high net worth individuals and their security personnel will decamp to Brazil.
Brazil poses its own unique security threats for security professionals who will arrive with their clients.
Let us not forget that tweeted message from a Islamic member which gained wide spread news converge recently , “Brazil, you are our next target” nevertheless if we put things in to proportion Latin America is not assessed to be a hot bed of Islamic extremism and most of its armed opposition are motivated by political views far removed from the Islamic extremists they mostly name far left Marxist Leninist ideas as their motivation.
The biggest threat to visitors are the frightening crime figures for example it had one of the highest murder rates in the world .
Wide areas of the major cities are under the influence if not control of heavily armed gangs who have not hesitated to engage the state and its various enforcement agencies in all out armed conflicts on the street to protect their interest .
As in the rest of Latin America kidnapping in all its variety of types are a very valid threat across the country often very violent with the Express type being very common where the victims are taken to ATM machines immediately to withdraw cash to secure their release .
Violent car jacking at traffic lights or at residence are a daily occurrence as are mugging specially if strangers are in the wrong place at the wrong time .
Guns are in easy supply and most criminals are armed and use them freely the police will use fire arms also without hesitation and in public crowded areas.
Brazil is also a major drug hub and heavy user of class A drugs which brings about all the predictable dynamics in to the ix for security planner .
The other threat that lurks under currents is violent protests many of which were witnessed leading up to the world cup , the Brazilians can and will take to the streets to air their views to the authorities and sometimes very forcefully .
Uniquely this Olympic also poses major medical concerns with various mosquito born diseases such Zika virus .
The authorities have been very active of recent to confront the gangs and street criminals in preparations for the games but given the fact the game offer very rich pickings for all criminal the threats have to be viewed as very much real .
In short the security planner has to have a through understanding of high risk urban threats and environments and be prepared accordingly.