BMS Providing Security Services FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
With growing concerns internationally regarding potential corruption in the World Cup projects, Russia is putting in place a comprehensive concept of security so that any similar troubles to those experienced during France’s hosting of the 2016 European championship will not be a problem. During the 2016 Euros, the Russian fans were found to be the focus of violence and troubles which resulted in a hefty fine as well as a suspended disqualification being handed out to the Russian Football Union.
Since travel in Russia comes with its own security concerns, travellers are advised to take extra care and remain vigilant while visiting the country in order to avoid encountering hazardous situations and becoming a victim of crime.
Our professional team is the perfect answer, providing a comprehensive security service to help maximise safety and enjoyment of the event. Our transportation services ensure that our clients are able to travel between venues in a risk-mitigated environment, and as we have a wide choice of vehicles from sedans to minivans, your party can easily be accommodated. Driven by a professional security trained driver, all of our vehicles are fitted with 24 hour GPS tracking systems for complete peace of mind, with all movements being monitored by our round-the-clock operations room. We also offer translators to ensure your stay in Russia goes smoothly, and your safety is priority for our English-speaking security staff.
Security Concerns for the World Cup Event
Russia as a host venue raises its own specific security concerns on top of the standard issues which would be associated with an event of this type. One of the primary problems relates to the high levels of racism found in Russian football, with discrimination being rife against the LGBT community, and issues associated with the Crimean annexation and ongoing Ukrainian conflict.
Hooliganism has long been a problem associated with football around the world, and after the violent clashes which occurred between the English and Russian fans during the 2016 Euros games in France, it is only natural to have concerns that something similar could occur again during the 2018 World Cup.
Russia is well known for its high rate of hate crime, and in recent years, racist murders have been on the rise, with the victims frequently being from ex-Soviet and Caucasus republics within central Asia. The country also has a large number of far-right groups who actively promote religious, ethnic and racial intolerance. With harassment, violence and threats also being common towards members of the LGBT community, visitors to the games are warned to avoid any public displays of affection and to be aware of the possibilities of racist violence.
Russia’s military involvements in a number of countries, and specifically Syria and the Ukraine, also poses potential threats to the World Cup, with a possible Islamic State attack an ever-present threat.
Travellers to the games should also be vigilant of other more traditional problems including pick-pocketing, mugging and thefts from hotel rooms and vehicles. Tourists should also be wary of potential street crime, as visitors to the country are often targeted by local criminals, especially in St Petersburg.
Travelling by vehicle is also another area in which visitors should take care, since the Russian roads are well known for their poor levels of safety, and a large number of crashes and incidents take place every year.
Security Services at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
To guarantee extra personal safety and security at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it is wise to engage our security services. We offer a range of protective services to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable event.
– Close Protection:
While some people think that hiring a bodyguard is something that is only done by the rich and famous, in fact increasing numbers of people are opting to take advantage of close protection services to ensure their own personal safety and that of their families in today’s increasingly dangerous world climate. Our operatives take into account the needs and requirements of every client’s considerations, and we have both male and female operatives to suit the preferences of our clients.
For those who are concerned about the dangerous aspects of travelling in Russia to attend the 2018 World Cup, our close protection service is the ideal solution. Unfortunately, today we are constantly living under the threat of terror, especially when attending a highly publicised global event, but our skilled and professional security team are qualified, disciplined, prepared and experienced. We employ only highly trained operatives who can guarantee the personal safety of our individual clients, ensuring that they are well protected from any unwanted intrusions that could put their life or safety in danger.
Our close protection service offers clients protection from assault and kidnap whilst also preventing any unwanted attention. When using BMS’s security services, visitors can enjoy their stay with the peace of mind of knowing that they are in a mitigated risk environment, in the company of highly experienced, diligent and professional security personnel.
– Secure Transportation:
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is spread out over 11 cities across the country, and this presents a specific problem when it comes to transportation. With the Russian road system having poor standards of safety and traffic incidents being very common, self-driving is not the ideal solution, especially as tourists and foreign visitors are often the target of criminal activity, but our secure transportation service could be the perfect answer.
Our skilled drivers are also trained bodyguards who can ensure your safety and security while on the road. Trained to the highest standards, they can protect you and your family from a host of travel related threats including car-jacking, ambush or assaults. Our drivers are not only experienced in personal protection, they are also highly qualified drivers who have honed driving skills including evasion techniques and defensive driving.
If you are transporting assets from one city to another while attending the 2018 World Cup, our secure transportation service will guarantee that your goods are well protected. By escorting your cargo from end to end, we will ensure that your personal items arrive safely at your destination.
Our security services team are aware that our clients are more exposed and vulnerable when on the road, and therefore our specialist drivers know how to minimise those risks with detailed planning and knowledge of alternate routes. Our 24/7 monitoring service ensures that our clients have optimal protection whenever and wherever they need it, and wherever in the country they are travelling.
– Personnel Protection:
In the modern world, companies are aware that they must adhere to their duty of care for their employees, and this extends to guaranteeing their overall safety, especially when travelling overseas. If you are hosting a corporate event at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, engaging our personnel protection services will ensure optimal security for your staff and executives while attending the event. Our 24 hour security coverage will give your company complete peace of mind, ensuring that your employees can enjoy the experience without having any concerns about their personal safety.
Our highly trained security protection team know how to minimise any risks in potentially dangerous environments such as those presented by major global events like the World Cup, and their discreet presence will help to guard against unwanted intrusions, and to offer protection from crime while staying and travelling in Russia.
Areas Where the World Cup 2018 will be Held
Russia is the biggest country in the world, and with the World Cup 2018 events being held in no less than 12 different venues in 11 cities across the nation, transportation and security presents a specific problem and concern, especially when it comes to the safety of foreign visitors. The cities involved extend from the north to the south of the country and include:
- St Petersburg
- Nizhny Novgorod
With densely populated cities like Moscow and St Petersburg on this list, where crime is a well-known problem, tourists and foreign visitors would be well advised to seek specialist security services to guarantee their protection.
General Information About Travelling to Russia to Attend the 2018 World Cup
Foreign visitors who are visiting Russia to attend the World Cup will not require a visa, regardless of their country of origin, however ensuring that all essential immunisations such as rabies, typhoid and tetanus, hepatitis A and B are all up to date before arriving in the country is essential for their health and well-being. While the larger cities have a higher standard of healthcare, most areas lack care and basic supplies, so ensuring that insurance cover is adequate is essential. Anyone attending the World Cup who is bringing their own prescribed medication must bring evidence of their name, drug name and prescribed dosage.
Travellers should not drink the tap water, and be aware of the risk of tick-borne diseases such as Botulism, Encephalitis and Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever, taking care to cover all exposed skin when travelling during the warm months.