As a major banking organisation, our client has interests and operations within the African continent. These include countries and regions at high risk of corruption, fraud, civil unrest and terrorism, as well as economic uncertainty.
Given the locations of some of its operations, the organisation and its employees are potentially at risk from a variety of criminal activities, particularly bribery and corruption. Employees, during the normal course of their duties, may become exposed to or approached by external individuals with criminal intent. In addition, some high-level employees may be a target for kidnapping. The organisation itself is at risk from the infiltration of individuals that may have fraudulent credentials and pose a significant criminal threat.
Through its considerable base of contacts and local operatives, the corporate security teams at Blackhawk was able to collect and analyse a wealth of local intelligence data that helped our client make informed decisions in regard to business transactions and employee security. These sources included the local police force, INTERPOL, counterterrorism experts and intelligence sources within a particular country’s police force or within which the client has its HQ, also local embassies.
Changes in local economic conditions, political and financial restriction can trigger unwelcome attention from criminal groups, particularly on foreign-owned assets and staff. Events as simple as a local labour strike, demonstrations or local banking restrictions can create significant security risks to both employees and company assets.
Blackhawk’s intelligence and analysis reports provide up to the minute alerts and insights into local events, the drivers behind them and risk mitigation strategies our clients can employ.
- Daily Security Report
Provides daily updates on local incidents, events and intelligence. A flexible template created around the client’s needs.
- Emergency Action Notification Service
Real-time notifications and alerts on current events and risk factors. Sent within 30 minutes of receiving information from our sources. A flexible format and delivery mechanism.
Typical Format - Examples
DAILY SECURITY REPORT
Report date: 06 Jan 2016
Report time: 2000hrs
SIGNIFICANT SECURITY INCIDENTS
Date: 06 Jan 2016
Outline: Police Action – Arrest of a criminal group involved in kidnapping
Location: Nairobi, Kilimani Residential Area
A Criminal group lead by the Sudanese national Haisam Ahmed Elmkashfi along with two other members (Ahmed Ismail and Mohammed Elmutasim) was arrested in an apartment in Nairobi, Kilimani Area after a successful investigation of kidnapping of a businessman who was kidnapped on 20 Dec 2015. The kidnapped businessman was freed. The family of the kidnapped paid 500,000.00 Sh in ransom which was used as bait by the Nairobi Police and led to a successful arrest.
SIGNIFICANT SECURITY THREATS
Date: 06 Jan 2016
Outline: Expected drug-related incidents Coastal Areas
President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued an executive order to all security agencies to intensify the fight against drug dealers, specifically targeting the heads of the drug cartels. This will most likely result with more offensive actions from the drug cartels which are expected to carry out armed incidents against any security agencies in their way. The development may also result in kidnappings and incidents in populated and crowded areas.
Travelling in the areas between Mombasa and Malindi in the Coastal Areas to be reduced in the next one month. Follow Daily Reports for additional information on the development. Avoid staying in outskirts areas of the coastal cities.
EMERGENCY ACTION NOTIFICATION
[1/6/2016 6:58:29 AM] Kenya OPS Centre: 06 Jan 2016, 0630hrs / Police Action – Ongoing raid of suspected criminal group hideout / Location: Mombasa, Mtwapa Area / Description: Police anti-terrorism units have initiated search and arrest action in the mentioned area. The operation started at 0600hrs and is currently ongoing. Avoid the area and follow updates on the situation. If currently in the area, leave at once or if stranded, report to the nearest police checkpoint requesting information for a safe route out of the area.
Date/Time: 06 Jan 2016 / 0658hrs
Outline: Police Action – Ongoing raid of suspected criminal group hideout Location: Mombasa, Mtwapa Area
Description: Police anti-terrorism units have initiated search and arrest action in the mentioned area. The operation started at 0630hrs and is currently ongoing. Avoid the area and follow updates on the situation. If currently in the area, leave at once or if stranded, report to the nearest police checkpoint requesting information for a safe route out of the area.
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