Although an emerging economic power, Brazil continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world in terms of street crime, gang violence and kidnapping. The famous city of Rio de Janeiro, with 40% of its residents living in favelas (shanty towns), indeed has the highest murder rate in Latin America. Despite the dangers, industrial expansion, foreign investment, and tourism have not been deterred. To the contrary, Rio hosted the 2014 World Cup and will go on to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

Our BSD Services

That is why we at Security Management International specialize in assisting companies entering the Brazilian market with an array of high-quality, professional security services:

  • Investigations
  • Executive protection
  • Secure transport via armored vehicles
  • Private jet and helicopter assistance
  • Logistical support
  • Personal protection training
  • Threat assessments
  • Security surveys
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • Event security
  • Due-diligence


Quick Facts About Brazil

Did you know...

Population: 196,655,014

Area: 3,288,000 square miles (8,516,000 km²)

  • World’s largest producer of sugarcane
  • World’s leading exporter of orange juice
  • World’s leading exporter of chicken
  • Largest ecommerce market in Latin America
  • World’s 2nd largest coffee exporter
  • World’s 2nd largest producer and exporter of ethanol
  • World’s 3rd largest producer of iron ore
  • Online population (78 million) is larger than the total population of Spain, France or UK
  • 11.6 million Cable/satellite TV subscribers
  • In 2011, 3rd  largest market for PCs, and 5th largest for cell phones

Our BSD Team

Our Brazil Security Division team consists of security experts, executive protection agents, and country researchers, all of whom are bilingual in Portuguese and English, to provide you with a comprehensive security plan throughout the duration of your travel. The BSD team has extensive professional experience with backgrounds in law enforcement, military, and private security. Our capabilities include arranging protection services are available in virtually every major city in Brazil. In addition, we maintain positive relationships with local Brazilian law enforcement and the U.S. diplomatic community in Brazil.



Odair dos Reis Silva 
Director of Security for the 
Brazil Security Division

    Mr. Silva began his career in security as a police detective in São Paulo. After serving in the São Paulo State Police from 1969 to 1974, Mr. Silva left the public sector and developed a career in private security management, at both local and international companies. Since 2006, he has worked as an independent consultant on private security projects, with extensive experience in risk assessment, preventive security measures, and asset and personal protection within the Brazilian security scenario. He is uniquely familiar with American business practices, having supported large-scale U.S. security operations throughout Brazil for several years.

Mr. Silva was previously a member of the Brazilian Branch of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), linked to the U.S. Department of State, from 1998 to 2008. He holds degrees in Business Administration and Private Security Management, as well as an extension degree in Defense Resources Management, obtained at the Superior School of War of the Brazilian Army in 2006. Mr. Silva speaks Portuguese and English

In 2011, SMI opened a full-time office in the city of São Paulo to further assist our clients


Some of our recent work in Brazil includes:

  • Conducting event security for hundreds of
    international bankers
  • Performing research for a Fortune 500 company
    looking to expand their Latin America operations
  • Providing executive protection for several high-profile/
    high net-worth individuals traveling for tourism
  • Organizing trade missions for international companies
    looking to invest in Brazil
  • Facilitating meetings between US companies and
    Brazilian Government officials
  • Conducting an investigation into missing funds

If you or your organization is looking to expand into Brazil, SMI can offer the professional guidance and personal security that you require.

Our Recent Work

  • Currently providing security to a major 2016 Olympic sponsor  
  • Supported hundreds of VIPs from a major UK sports network, providing coverage of the World Cup 
  • Provided security for numerous CNN reporters and production teams through 8 cities in Brazil during the World Cup  
  • Provided security to one of the wealthiest men in the world during the World Cup  
  • Provided armored transport and VIP executive protection to dozens of Swiss businessmen during the World Cup 
  • Event security for hundreds of international bankers 
  • Conducting research for a Fortune 500 Company 
  • Executive protection for several high profile/high net-worth individuals traveling for tourism 
  • Hosting a 40-person international delegation in Brazil 
  • Providing executive protection at the Rio+20 conference for a high-risk, high-value client
  • Conducted a financial investigation to locate missing investment funds 
  • Provided security for a world famous performer 
  • Hosted luncheons for a series of international executives 
  • Provided security training to an international organization 
  • Conducted Portuguese translation/interpretation services for a foreign delegation 
  • Performed due-diligence for a large corporation looking to expand operations in to Brazil
  • SMI recently performed all security for a world-famous rock band traveling throughout Brazil and other South American countries
  • Provided secure transport of high value items throughout Brazil
  • Provided security for a high-net worth, high profile, global business leader


Persistent Security Concerns Make Brazil the Leader in Armored Cars


Ask any American what they know about Brazil, and more often than not their answer will include one, if not all the following:

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Colorful samba shows during Carnival
  • Lush tropical rain forests
  • An emerging economy
  • Great soccer teams
  • The place where Victoria's Secret models hail from

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We will arrange secure transportation services through licensed and insured companies. Armored vehicles, as well as a soft, non-armored collection are available. Bilingual executive protection agents and drivers may also be arranged upon request.

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Suite 1350, Vienna,
VA 22182 United States

Telephone : (703) 893-8000

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