Expatriate security or security to foreign visitors in India has become more critical since the last few decades, especially for Westerners, due to the specific targeting of foreigners by terrorists and criminals. Mr. Mahajan says, that companies through necessity have developed and implemented programs and policies designed for expatriate protection.
These expatriate security programs normally have five components: corporate policies, pre-deployment training and education, communications, expat security measures designed to the particular country, and embassy registration.
Corporate expat security policies generally, start with an emergency action and business continuity plans. These plans, in general, have senior management-approved action and reaction plans and policies in the case of an expatriate security emergency or issue. The plans normally include various scenarios, measures to take, and a list of responsible officers. The plans often have pre-drafted messages and press releases to minimize brand damage.
In this article, Mr. Atul Mahajan, Director of Miraz Securitas Pvt Ltd India’s leading Security Services Provider for Expatriate protection says mostly there is pre-deployment training and education as an integral part of the planning. This expat protection training is mostly available, and sometimes mandatory, for the families of employees and travelers and that will be accompanying them overseas. The training normally, has a cultural component, general living abroad security advise and specific safety and security matters related to the location.
Communication is perhaps one of the most vital aspects of expat security. Reliable communications no matter where a person is based requires forethought given the poor infrastructure in some parts of the world. Landlines and cell phones can comfortably go offline in the event of a natural disaster or political upheaval.
Alternate modes of communications must be part of any expatriate protection plan. This could include email, text, satellite phones, and radios. Keeping track of your personnel, specifically, those that are living under strange or unfamiliar conditions is a crucial component of security for expatriates.
Expat protection measures onsite mostly have specific terms and conditions attached to the employee’s living arrangements. The sort of expatriate protection given can also depend on the position of the employee within the company.
Normally, a senior management in a high threat or sometimes medium threat location will have personal protection details. For instance, in specific locations, the usage of armored cars and bodyguards is needed due to the high crime and kidnapping threat. Some locations may require all employees or visitors to have special secure transport based on the risk.
Residential security customized to the country where the non-native hire employees or tourists live is an important facet of expatriate protection also. Some parts of India, for example, have quite high crime rates. Homes there need specific levels of access control and physical security. Mostly, expatriates live in gated communities secured by private security companies. Access is strictly controlled.
Corporations normally, needs a minimum level of security related to apartments or condominiums also. Buildings should be secured with secure parking and proper security technology such as alarm systems and surveillance cameras.
Safety is also, a vital consideration and adequate fire and smoke detectors and systems should be part of any expatriate security checklist.
Lastly, registering with your local Embassy is essential. In the event of a crisis, your local Embassy will be responsible for ensuring citizens of their country are accounted for and if needed evacuated. Several Western nations have procedures for registering with their diplomatic representative in foreign locales.
Your govt is accountable for the welfare of its citizens abroad and whatever expatriates can do to facilitate their embassy having the right contact information can prove invaluable should local conditions deteriorate.
Mr. Atul Mahajan, is one of the most prominent faces in India, in the security industry. His company Miraz Securitas is a prominent all-around security services provider to foreign delegates, tourists, and expats in India.
If you are planning to visit India for a short term or a long-term prospect and is looking the avail the international security protocols at the best possible prices. Contact Miraz Securitas today. The specialized team at Miraz Securitas will help you to assist customized security measures as per your needs.