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Are you really safe?

August 13, 2012


Cindy Donaldson, Director of Marketing & Sales – Founders Insurance Group

Michael Harkins, RCS

Last Thursday, a group of us at Founders had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Harkins, Managing Director of Risk Control Strategies or RCS and Cheryll Weller from Chubb Insurance. RCS is a premier consulting, investigation and crisis management firm specializing in threat management, risk assessment and security solutions for the affluent community and major corporations. Chubb has teamed up with RCS to offer an elite level of service and protection to those insured by Chubb.

Mr. Harkins is an ex-FBI guy with amazing stories of adventure, intrigue and scary stuff! You think kidnapping, ransom attempts, and yes abduction by pirates only happens in other parts of the world or on the big screen – but according to Mr. Harkins it happens all over – all the time. Mr. Harkins explained the vital importance of background checks on domestic, subcontracted and traditional employees and review of your online security. With the rate of home invasions, workplace violence and cyber ID theft on the rise the old mantra “Better Safe than Sorry” should be taken seriously!

RCS Services are free to all Chubb VIP clients (those with premium $50,000 and above) and at a reduced rate for Chubb Signature clients (those with premium $15,000 to $49,999). Please note that all Chubb clients have access to RCS for a fee if they don’t qualify for the reduced or free services.

Examples of the services Chubb customers have requested guidance on thus far are as follows:

  • Identity theft
  • Residential break in and theft
  • Extortion matters
  • Missing persons
  • Residential security
  • Construction of proprietary servers for family use and 24/7/365 help desk service
  • Personal threats made to family members via mail, email or in person to include attempted child abduction
  • Investigative due diligence on investments, acquisitions, senior level hiring’s and study abroad programs
  • Scenarios for children
  • Close personal protection for family travel
  • Special event security

The following list of complimentary/reduced rate services is a sampling of the services available to all Chubb Signature & VIP customers:

  • The RCS Lifestyle Vulnerability Diagnostic evaluation which is designed to identify all potential risks presented to the family and articulate comprehensive mitigation strategies for family implementation
  • Unlimited telephone consultation and 24/7 on call service through the RCS hotline for all family needs
  • Design of residential security architectural plans to include a written deliverable illustrating the entire interior and exterior solution
  • Comprehensive background investigations for select VIP household staff
  • Comprehensive audit of the family’s current communication security protocols to include both cyber and telephonic measures. If the family should so desire, this service can be extended to its family office
  • Comprehensive travel intelligence reports for all family members and review of the family’s travel security protocols to ensure safe and secure travel both domestically and internationally
  • Contractor background investigations for all residential projects conducted on each individual
  • Tenant and employment credit reports

For more information about RCS or Chubb insurance please contact your account manager at Founders Insurance Group! 1-800-762-7369. If you are currently a Chubb client with Founders Insurance Group you may contact Michael Harkins directly or 212-267-6992.


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