“Has Los Angeles County hit a tipping point with crime? Tips to protect yourself and family.”
You are not imagining it, crime really is on the rise in many major United States cities, including throughout Los Angeles County. Historically, Los Angeles has seen different spikes in crime throughout the decades, but this beloved County seems to now be hitting a tipping point in terms of the amount of crime being committed on a daily basis.
In a recent news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva informed the public that from 2019 to 2021, homicides increased by around 94% and grand theft auto increased by 59%. Although some of this is stimulated by Covid and the pandemic’s effects on society, it does not mean the dangers are going away anytime soon.
Unfortunately, the police in Los Angeles are also not empowered to stop crime due to laws and legislation that prevents certain lower level crimes from being prosecuted. The police department has also faced severe funding cuts, which leaves them understaffed and incapable of responding to the many calls and urgent need for help.
If you are based in or around Los Angeles County, you need to take your security and protection more seriously than ever before. There are many things you can do to enhance the protection of your family and property during these unusually dangerous times.
Executive Protection Agents with the Right Instincts
For high profile executives, celebrities, and billionaires, it is essential to hire the right type of executive protection company. A company that places emphasis on training, regulation, and high standards for their agents. This is the way to ensure that you are in good hands when hiring protection.
There are some executive protection agents out there who use their job for other purposes alongside protecting their client. For example, there is a growing number of protection agents out there who place a lot of importance and emphasis on their own level of fame or social media following. This can compromise client safety by showing client location and habits to a wider audience.
Other executive protection companies may also focus on supplying the biggest and most intimidating looking agents who usually have a background in another industry, such as military or law enforcement. While these individuals have great potential to be excellent executive protection agents, their previous training provides incorrect instincts and mindsets that will not put client wellbeing and safety at the heart of what they do and how they respond to dangers or threats. Usually ex military and ex law enforcement who become protection agents have a more action oriented response when a threat emerges. While you might think that this is the proper response, it actually is more likely to put the client in danger. Instead, properly trained protection agents have different instincts. They focus on getting the client away from danger as quickly as possible. This requires awareness, choreographed actions, and an understanding of escape routes and efficient movements.
Due to the rising crime rates, it is a good idea to seek out an executive protection company that will offer a wide range of services to cover all areas of your life. This will minimize risk of bodily harm, estate intrusions, and cyber threats.
Enhanced Estate Security
When it comes to protecting yourself and your family, you need to make sure that your residence is fully protected and that there are no gaps in security. Upon hiring an executive protection team, you should have them carry out an assessment and evaluation of your property. This will make sure that any vulnerabilities are discovered and that a solid protection and security plan can be put in place.
Drone security is an excellent option at the moment for anyone with a large estate. This allows for incredibly efficient and effective monitoring of the property and any intruders are quickly discovered and can be safely removed from the property before posing a bigger threat. New technology now allows drones to fly on programmed routes so that the team can remotely monitor the property from a control room. This creates an environment of total awareness so that your security detail can quickly and effectively respond to all types of threats on your property.
Privacy Online Means Safety in Real Life
You should be aware of how your online presence could be putting yourself and your family at risk. Private or sensitive information can get into the wrong hands easily online, which can lead to dangerous in person encounters or blackmailing situations. Good executive protection companies will know exactly how to prevent and handle these types of dangers because they understand that your safety now extends onto the internet.
The World Protection Group has designed a way for our clients to achieve an anonymous lifestyle. While some clients may not opt for a fully anonymous life, there are some lifestyle changes that can be implemented for greater online security that will extend into your real life for huge protection benefits.
One example of this is using an anonymous phone. This is a mobile device that cannot be tracked back to its owner in any way. It is purchased with cash and never used to directly make calls or send text messages. Instead, highly encrypted and secure messaging and calling apps are downloaded allowing the user to call from alias numbers. Blackmail threats and correspondence leaks are a thing of the past with this type of phone and usage. Overall, this will mean that very sensitive information, such as your home address, is much more likely to remain private and known to only a few individuals.
There are many other things you can do to keep your home and family safe and information off the internet. The World Protection Group can walk you through all the necessary steps and habit changes for this.
Quick Tips and Tricks for Better Protection
You do not have to be rich or famous to want to better protect yourself and your family. Everyone should know some simple ways to enhance their security and keep themselves and their loved ones safe and sound, especially with this current spike in crime.
Consider some of the following to instantly increase your safety:
- Use social media carefully: social media can be a great tool, but it can also be risky when it is engaged with in a careless manner. For instance, many young individuals think they can improve their business and careers by posting information like phone numbers and email addresses on Instagram. This is the last thing you should be doing. It allows dangerous people to learn so much about you very quickly. In fact, a simple Gmail address can allow people to find your home address in mere minutes if they know what they are doing.
- Disconnect your address and business: many successful people may end up listing their home address in public business documents. This can lead burglars and other dangerous individuals straight to your front door. It may seem like a hassle, but it is important to disconnect your address with your name and therefore your business. This will prevent people from associating your success and wealth with a home they can target.
Be smart about home security: we understand that not everyone requires a full security detail. However, it is a good idea to have a professional team evaluate your home and create a secure environment for you. This will give you peace of mind so that you can truly feel safe and secure while enjoying your daily life.