A man has been charged with stalking Rihanna after he broke into her home. The singer is reportedly unharmed, but the instance is not unusual for celebrities and other VIPs.
As an LA-based company, AEGIS Security & Investigations understands public figures’ desire for privacy and basic living abilities. That’s why we provide high-end executive protection services.
Executive protection services help numerous celebrities, company executives, and politicians throughout the nation. Locally in southern California, statewide, nationally, and internationally, AEGIS’ executive protection agents and bodyguards conduct discreet and professional full service security operations for our discerning clientele. Fully trained, industry-respected, and field-tested, our close-protection professionals have a zero-loss record. These agents are supported closely by our operations team via web-based command and control systems, which provide autonomously operating security agents as-needed briefs, situational awareness updates, and guidance to better prepare our clients in navigating their environment. AEGIS creates and executes solutions for our clients to accomplish their specific personal safety and security objectives.
AEGIS Security & Investigations has provided celebrity home security consulting and incidental services long before the recent burglaries started. In the last three months, five separate celebrity homes have been hit in the middle of the day with hundreds of thousands (and in one case, millions) worth of jewelry and valuables stolen. These “daytime jewelry thieves” are operating in the Los Angeles area, and they know how to commit these large-scale burglaries. They likely conduct surveillance of the properties in advance and follow their targets on social media. They know what they’re looking for and when is the best time to do it.
So, how can LA’s elite prevent criminals from breaking into their homes? The simple answer is enhance the security presence. However, it’s what goes into that presence that makes the difference between prevention and reaction in handling burglars.
Stalker behavior is relatively easy to identify, but it is also easy to blow out of proportion. True stalking behaviors include knowing your schedule and showing up uninvited to places or functions you attend; sending unwanted and excessive mail, e-mail, photos, and gifts; excessively reaching out to you, particularly via phone calls, texts, and social media messages; posting about you unnecessarily or obsessively on social networking sites; damaging or stealing your property; and any other actions intended to contact, harass track or frighten you. Now, if you are in a dispute with an intimate partner that has not led to a complete separation in the relationship, similar signs — seemingly excessive attempts to contact you — are probably not signs of stalking. A true stalker is someone you generally do not desire to be in your life and who may intend to hurt you so as to make you “theirs.” Nonetheless, if you feel you are in danger, you should take steps to ensure your personal safety.
If you think you are being stalked, be sure to record everything. Who is the stalker? What does he/she look like? For every incident — whether online or physical — record the date, time, location and incident. If possible, take photo evidence such as a screen shot. Here is a sample stalking log. Alert the appropriate authorities and family members to the situation at hand.
In handling a situation like the one described at the start of this article, there are a few options. Assume that your stalker has now made his/her presence one of confrontation. Immediately call 911 and/or your local authorities. Head to a safe place like your office, a visible security guard or kiosk, a friend or relative’s home, or a public place where you are surrounded by potential witnesses.
Should things become confrontational, such as the stalker engages you verbally or physically, make a ruckus. Don’t be afraid to call for help. Fight to the best of your abilities. If you have not done so already, call the police.
If you feel there is a greater risk posed to your personal safety, you may need close protection. Close protection, also known as having a bodyguard, offers you a visual deterrence from a stalker as well as a physical one. In other words, if a stalker sees you with someone, particularly a someone who is new and looks like their job is to protect you, he/she is less likely to attempt contact. Additionally, if a stalker makes an attempt to contact you, your bodyguard has the right to end the contact immediately.
Alternatively, you may be interested in surveillance – that is – documenting the behavior of the stalker by a professional investigator that can then be used for litigation and/or criminal prosecution.
A few things could have been done to prevent these incidents. For a start, working with a home security consultant to design a system unique to your home can save you money and increase its’ effectiveness. This may include an analysis of your neighborhood, the perimeter of your home, interior systems, insurance concerns, social media security, and home camera systems that let you check in on your property from anywhere in the world are highly recommended. Our own Jeff Zisner discussed the importance of drop cameras with CBS 2/KCAL 9 in light of this string of home burglaries.
Additionally, the size of the property should be considered. The bigger the home, the more elaborate the security system should be to ensure proper measures are taken to prevent crime. Estate security is an asset when there are multiple entrances and highly valuable property at risk.
AEGIS’ estate security officers are top-notch. They are well-versed in how to monitor estate perimeters and identify suspicious activities and persons. Additionally, we analyze the size and placement of the property to place security officers in strategic locations throughout, allowing us to accurately maintain a secured perimeter. The choice to utilize a security guard is a choice to fully secure your estate.
The last consideration for those with elite status is bringing on bodyguards. These agents have a unique set of skills that qualify them to work closely with a client, including numerous years of experience, high levels of training, and military or law enforcement backgrounds. Having a small team of two or three bodyguards on staff 24/7 can ensure that you and your property are safe.
AEGIS Security & Investigations offers top-notch close protection agents. Locally in Southern California, statewide, nationally and internationally, our bodyguards conduct discreet and professional full-service security operations for our discerning clientele. Fully trained, industry-respected and field-tested, our executive protection agents and close protection professionals have a ZERO loss record. Supported closely by our operations team via our web-based command and control systems, our autonomously operating security agents receive as-needed briefs, situational awareness updates and guidance to better prepare our clients in navigating their environment. AEGIS creates and executes solutions for our clients to accomplish their specific personal safety and security objectives.
Ultimately, any type of physical, visible security will act as a deterrent to criminals. Having security officers on property or as close protection agents ensures that a response can take place immediately. The key is prevention, and enhancing your security measures will do just that.
AEGIS Security & Investigations is a Los Angeles region company that is licensed and insured in the State of California to provide high-end armed and unarmed regular and temporary off-duty police officers, bodyguards, security officers, loss prevention agents, and event staff. Additionally, we offer services for private investigation, consultation, people tracing, and background investigation. Our trainings and workshops in the field of security licensure and counter-terrorism have been featured in news media and are renowned for their efficacy. For more information or to contact us, visit www.aegis.com.
By Chelsea Turner & Jeff Zisner