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WorldAware’s analyst team is unmatched in the industry. More than 120 analysts and subject matter experts have proficiency in over 25 languages and utilize approximately 25,000 human and electronic sources of information to provide 24/7 global monitoring across nine core threat categories. The analytical team combines both experience and understanding to provide exceptional insight and deliver accurate and actionable intelligence. The CSAR ratings are based on information assessed from over 25,000 sources, including both human and online repositories.
Quick, informative, and reliable, WorldAware’s threat assessment ratings give you an immediate picture of the threat environment in locations across the globe. With the assurance of extensive analytical coverage and pressure tested methodologies, our ratings are continually monitored, and provide you a clear picture of when concerns exist, and if precautions or contingencies may be needed for safe travel or operations.
WorldAware’s Country/City Security Assessment Ratings (CSARs) are composed of several sub-ratings, which serve to inform an overall rating. These sub-rating categories include Crime, Security Services, Civil Unrest, Terrorism, Kidnapping and Geopolitical. Each is rated on a 1-5 scale; specifically, Minimal, Low, Moderate, High or Very High, giving you a clear and transparent indicator of the level of threat.
The crime rating assesses the nature and extent of crime in the location. This includes assessing whether crime that takes place is predominantly petty in nature or if violent crime is commonplace. It also considers other types of crime, such as property, sexual, organized, hate, fraud, and economic crime, and whether the threat is localized or prevalent throughout the country or city.
The security services rating assesses security-related services (such as police, firefighters and military) in the location for levels of corruption, abuse, resourcing, response capabilities, language capabilities, and other concerns.
The civil unrest rating assesses a range of event types that could be categorized as civil unrest, including protests, rallies, demonstrations, strikes, sickouts, work stoppages, riots, ethnic unrest, sectarian unrest, religious unrest, and separatist unrest. This rating also considers the impact and frequency of such events, whether the threat is intrinsic or dynamic, and if violence is likely.
The terrorism rating takes into consideration factors such as the presence of terrorist groups in the location, motivation for groups (whether domestic, regional or international) to carry out attacks in the location, threats made, and the scale and frequency of attacks. This rating recognizes the fact that terrorism can include violent incidents that expose people to physical threat, as well as non-violent operations but which could expose individuals to reputational, financial, or other non-physical threat.
The kidnapping rating is an analysis of the frequency, severity and nature of the kidnapping threat in the location and which individuals or groups are most targeted. The category includes kidnapping for profit, for concession, and trafficking. The threat value focuses predominantly on the threat to foreign nationals visiting the location and whether the extent is localized or countrywide.
This sub-rating category is almost always assessed at a country-level only, with cities within the country inheriting the country-level rating. The rating reflects the general stability of the location’s political system and those threats which may have security-related implications on the stability of the country. The rating considers factors internal to the location such as government stability, economic conditions, and rule of law, as well as external factors such as relations with neighboring countries, likelihood of armed conflict, and border disputes.
With the assessment of each category, an overall rating is then assigned to the country or city.
Most regions in this category have a stable political infrastructure and economic system with a low rate of unemployment. These countries or cities have overall low crime rates. Violent crime is almost non-existent. Petty crimes do occur but are usually limited to petty theft and pick pocketing. Police and military services are trained and trustworthy but may lack investigative and crime fighting equipment and skills. Strikes and demonstrations are rare and if they occur are usually well planned and managed and rarely spurn violent incidents. There are no known insurgent or terrorist groups.
Most areas in this category will have a stable political infrastructure and economic system with some unemployment. These countries or cities have low crime rates. Violent crimes are rare and usually involve associated persons. Petty crimes such as theft and pick pocketing are a concern and travelers may be directly targeted. Risks can usually be mitigated with simple security measures. Police and military services are well trained and trustworthy but may lack adequate investigative equipment. Incidents of civil unrest such as strikes and demonstrations may disrupt daily life but are usually non violent and well-coordinated. These geographic areas may experience rare instances of domestic terrorist activity but are not threatened by international terrorism. Anti-government groups may be present but have little or no impact.
Most countries or cities in this category will have a somewhat stable political infrastructure and economic system but unemployment and rising inflation cause some instability. These territories have moderate levels of crime. Violent crimes such as sexual assault and murder occur, but few are random incidents. Petty crimes, especially theft or destruction of unattended property, are common. Incidents of armed assault also occur. More threatening crimes are usually limited to certain urban areas or specific parts of the country. Police and military services may suffer from corruption and lack of training but are generally adequate for investigations. Strikes and demonstrations can disrupt daily life and may easily spur violence. A variety of organized and outspoken anti-government and domestic terrorist groups may conduct incidents of violence. Small cells of international terrorist organizations exist but incidents of terrorism are not common.
Most countries or cities in this category have unstable political infrastructure and an economic system with high rates of unemployment and inflation. Violent and petty crimes are common in most areas and random acts of violence do occur. Some areas may have a general state of lawlessness. Traveling alone, especially at night, should be avoided. There will be a large infiltration of arms in the population. Police and military services lack training and equipment. Both institutions are prone to corruption. Strikes and demonstrations are common and usually violent. Domestic terrorist and insurgent groups are active and well organized. They conduct bombings and other violent acts against government, local and international interests. International terrorist groups exist and may conduct activities locally and abroad. Countries in this threat level may be involved in cross-border warfare.
Most territories in this category lack a political infrastructure with any democratic premise and have a high rate of corruption. The economy is unstable with a high rate of unemployment. There is a very high rate of violent and petty crime. A general state of lawlessness exists in most areas. Overland travel through the country must be avoided. Many domestic terrorist or rebel groups exist and are frequently active; areas may be controlled by rebel factions. International terrorist operations may be well organized and active. Anti-government actions and large demonstrations are common and violent. Cross border and internal warfare occur.
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