Many thanks to The Counter Terrorist Magazine for publishing my article “Kidnapping Defined” and making it the cover article in the February/March edition…. You can subscribe to The Counter Terrorist Magazine and read the “Kidnapping Defined” for free @ www.thecounterterroristmag.com
Over the past decade kidnapping for ransom and hostage taking have become a booming multi-million dollar business. As I have previously stated you do not need to be a high roller to be kidnapped or involved in a hostage situation, it can happen to anyone. If you are an international traveler you need to be especially aware of the threat from kidnapping even if you’re not going to one of the worlds kidnapping hotspots like Haiti, Mexico, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Nigeria, Columbia or the Philippines. The fact you are a foreigner can make you a target especially in poor countries, where the contents of the luggage, watch and jewelry of most travelers from the U.S. or Western Europe will at least match, if not far exceed the average monthly earnings of most citizens.
It is very difficult to get accurate figures on kidnapping rates as a lot of incidents are not reported to the authorities or media, also governments keen to attract tourists and investors try to keep official crime rates favorable. The main threat to most people in developed countries is being caught up in a small scale crime that’s gone wrong like a bank robbery that turns into a hostage situations, or being held hostage in their workplace due to the actions of a disgruntled or mentally ill employee. In the emerging markets targeted and express kidnappings for financial gain or favors may be your main threat.
There are five main reasons for kidnapping and the mindsets of criminals vary greatly from area to area and culture to culture, there is no profile that fits all kidnappers and all kidnapping situations tend to be unique.
The Counter Terrorist Magazine is an excellent resource security professionals, law enforcement and those interested in the world of Counter Terrorism. You can subscribe to The Counter Terrorist Magazine and read the “Kidnapping Defined” for free @ www.thecounterterroristmag.com