Nowadays, security measures are not only for state leaders and politicians. Anyone with a significant amount of wealth should also be thinking about personal security. Building wealth has just as many benefits as it does challenges.
The protection of one’s personal wealth and assets is constantly on the people mind. For the average person, a home alarm system is enough. But for the super-rich, just having a home alarm system is far from safe.
High-profile people are continuously worried about kidnappers, protestors and the like. As such, they must take personal security to a whole new level in terms of technology and how much they spend on keeping safe. They have to fortify their homes, properties and vehicles with high tech security.
Here are some personal security tips that will hopefully keep you and your loved ones safe.
Purchase Personal Residences in a Limited Liability Company
This is arguably the best way to own property anonymously. This will, in turn, make it much more difficult for people to find out what you own, where you live or where you go on vacations.
This type of business structure enables you to create a vague name for your property’s title. Due to the complexity in the creation process of a limited liability company, it is advisable to get a tax attorney in Los Angeles who will help you create one.
Use a P.O. Box
This is also one of the many ways of preventing strangers from knowing where you live. Get yourself one and use it for all your personal mail. You can get one for your business too if your clients do not come to your office on a regular basis.
Freeze All Your Credit Files
We have all heard of different cases where somebody obtains a loan using someone else’s name. Freezing your credit files will protect you from these fraudulent individuals. You can also choose to lock your credit which is quite similar to freezing credit files. If you do not see yourself obtaining a loan anytime soon, this will help protect you.
Hiring a Bodyguard/Security Team
If you are the type of person that frequently speaks to civic organizations, appears regularly on the news, constantly conducts business seminars, are candid about your political views, or if the public perceives you as the wealthy type then you really need to get yourself a bodyguard or security team. They are definitely the best choice to keep you safe when you are out in a public setting.
To hire a bodyguard, you will need to approach a list of trustworthy security companies in your local area. Depending on where you live, you may find it easy or difficult to come up with a list of different security companies. If you live in a well populated city, such as London, then you should find it easy as there are many security companies in London. However, if you live in the countryside, then there might only be a handful of security companies that can help you.
When hiring an individual, or individuals, you should set up meetings and conduct interviews with a number of different individuals to ensure you find the right one for you. You should ask them about all the clients they have worked with in the past as well as some hypothetical situations. Finally, choose one that best suits your needs.
Be Careful When Posting Things on Social Media
Social media is a great tool for publicizing your business, but it could also be the cause of your downfall. Always be careful when posting your personal information on social media. Among the many things you should not do are:
- Posting your home and work location.
- Posting your birth dates.
- Posting where and when you are going on trips.
Also, make sure your family fully understands the importance of keeping your lives private, especially your children.
Secure Your Account Information Online
It goes without saying that you should never use the same password for multiple accounts. This will leave you vulnerable. Use unique passwords that are known only by you and are hard for anyone to guess. It is also advisable to change them frequently – let’s say after every three months.
Finally, when you are sending personal information through email such as income tax returns with social security numbers, it is always advisable to use encrypted email systems. Using normal emailing systems will make it easy for hackers to capture the information.
Do Not Throw Away or Leave Receipts
In this day and age, receipts contain more information regarding the customer than they did a few years back. Most of them contain the names of the customers making the purchase. It is advisable to take them home with you and shred them. Use cash whenever possible.
The tips mentioned above will not guarantee you complete safety, but you will be better off than the person who does not take them into consideration.