Kim Kardashian West's Lavish Social Media Posts Made Her a Robbery Target: Security Expert
“Obviously she can’t be low-profile where she’s staying if she’s advertising what she’s doing and advertising her wealth,” Christopher Hagon, a managing partner at Incident Management Group, a Florida-based international security consulting firm, tells PEOPLE.
“If you’re constantly putting information out there, keeping your name in the public eye … keeping details of your wealth in the public eye then you are … increasing the chances of a possible attack.”
The 35-year-old reality star was held at gunpoint early Monday morning in her Paris hotel room when five masked men allegedly broke in and tied her up before making off with two cellphones and about $10 million worth of jewelry, including a $4 million ring.
Hagon, a former security officer for the royal family, suspects that the robbery was pre-planned.
“It wasn’t something, like, they were just walking down the street and said, ‘Oh, I heard that Kardashian was here. Let’s just go in and rob her,’ ” Hagon says. “This was an organized attacked based on known information.”
The mom of two was in the French city for the final leg of Paris Fashion Week when the robbers attacked at around 2:30 a.m. A rep for Kardashian West told PEOPLE that the star is “badly shaken but physically unharmed.” The thieves remain at large.
Her children, North, 3, and 9-month-old Saint were not involved in the incident, PEOPLE confirmed.
In the days leading up to the attack, Kardashian West’s Instagram and Twitter accounts have been riddled with photos of the star’s lavish outfits and jewelry – including a photo of the $4 million engagement ring that was reportedly one of the pieces that was stolen.
And Hagon says that Kardashian West’s security measures must match her very-active social media presence.
“Her threat level is high because her wealth and activities are well known,” Hagon explains. “If you really are concerned about your personal security then you’ve really got to make it as difficult as possible for people to hone in on you as a possible target.”
Hagon says there is nothing wrong with such a large social media presence, but someone of Kardashian West’s celebrity must “bolster [their] security approach accordingly.”
He suggests making a reservation at a hotel but staying somewhere else at the last minute, having very few people know about the security plans and becoming “as unpredictable as possible.”
“You are soliciting or at least increasing the chances of a possible attack,” he says. “The main goal of [the celebrity] and personal protection is to put as much distance as possible between a possible target and the threat.”
Kardashian West left Paris on a private jet shortly after the incident.