How to guard against global employee travel dangers
Kidnap, ransom and extortion cover to protect your people wherever work takes them
Today companies and employees face many dangers, including kidnap and extortionists making violent demands for money. So it’s good to know Chubb’s kidnap, ransom and extortion insurance gives your company and colleagues maximum financial and security protection. Cover includes access to security consultants to help minimise risks to your team.
In the event of a kidnapping or an extortion threat, you get instant support from leading international security consultants.
The Ackerman Group
The Ackerman Group is a world-renowned security consulting firm retained by Chubb to support our clients. You can contact Ackerman for consultation on security procedures and crisis management for extortion and kidnap threats.
Our kidnap, ransom and extortion policy provides comprehensive protection:
RISKNET is Ackerman’s online risk forecasting service, analysing terrorism, crime and political stability risks in more than 90 countries. Features include:
Two expatriate oil surveyors were travelling alone by car along an unfamiliar road when they were stopped at a roadblock. Criminals, who were using the roadblock as a trap to rob passers-by, decided to up the ante when they recognised two foreigners and kidnapped the pair. One surveyor was released with a $5m ransom demand to take back to the company. The company selected its own security consultant, who was inexperienced and unfamiliar with the territory. The demand of $5m was ultimately paid. However, the negotiation of the safe return of the other employee took almost a year.
Ransom payment $5m, Expenses $500,000
A hotel company’s CEO received an anonymous letter threatening to blow up several hotels unless a payment of $1m was made. The letter appeared to be authored by a radical political group. Risk consultants were retained to analyse the letter and assess the level of risk. They advised that the risk should be taken seriously. The company heightened security measures at its hotels and with help from the local authorities, efforts were made, without success, to contact the extortionists. After four months another threat was made, and again contact was attempted. Eventually the extortionists stopped all communication with the company, and no further threats were made.
Extortion payment $0, Expenses $50,000
Chubb’s insurance policy responds to extortion threats to destroy, damage or contaminate a company’s property.
The daughter of an executive living abroad was abducted from her home. The father was contacted by the kidnappers, who demanded $500,000 for her return. Fearing for his daughter’s safety, the father paid the ransom and she was released unharmed. When the executive’s company was informed of the incident, it called in its security consultant. The security consultant verified the incident and, in the process, concluded the family’s maid had been involved.
Ransom payment $500,000, Expenses $15,000
Chubb’s policy can extend coverage to an employee’s family members.
Whether your business is big or small, takes you around the world or just around town, Chubb is there for you. Our breadth of experience in kidnap, ransom and extortion insurance means we can provide the guidance and service you need, whenever you need it, wherever you may be.
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