Assessing Threats to Reputation and Safety
In circumstances when a person or an organization confronts individuals whose backgrounds are not completely known, as a matter of personal safety or organizational risk management, a threat assessment helps understand whether he or she presents a safety or reputational risk.
To conduct a threat assessment, it is essential to consider nuanced details by reading into fragments of information that, when combined, point to the level of a potential threat. Seeking only prior criminal histories often reveals nothing. Many people who currently pose a threat have never had contact with law enforcement. That is why our assessments go beyond criminal records. The following presents some of the information we recommend reviewing:
- Lawsuits, focusing on restraining orders and divorces.
- Determine whether police have historically responded to the person’s residence.
- Seek criminal records as a matter of due diligence.
- If possible, speak with sources identified from records, such as former spouses, employers, and acquaintances.
- Review social media or other online posts that the subject has created or that others have created which mention the subject.
- Seek out content he or she has authored under different identities.
- When relevant, search for records showing the subject’s financial stability.
At Waterfront Intelligence we focus on specific issues important to each client or review the overall background of a subject. Our investigative methods involve a multistep process mining databases and utilizing personal contacts when necessary.