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Preparation is SAFETY: You’re driving down a street in São Paulo,
Brazil and you are no more than five minutes from your home when you notice
that you are being followed. Suddenly, the car passes you and abruptly pulls
in front of your car causing you to slam on your brakes. Four men jump out
with firearms and approach you. Frozen with fear you sit there not being
able to move or speak. They forcibly remove you from the driver’s seat, bind
your hands, duct tape your mouth, blindfold you and throw you into the trunk
of their car. You then feel the car exhilarate down the road at a high
speed, taking you to some remote location. You have just been abducted – and
yes, it can happen that quickly.
Surviving a Kidnapping by Duncan Long Anyone may be kidnapped or have a member of their family kidnapped. Unfortunately, most people don't know how to deal with kidnappers or how to survive the ordeal if they themselves are kidnapped or taken hostage.
How to Survive Kidnapping - Travel Tips Kidnapping is rampant in many parts of the world -- in fact it is a thriving business in many countries. The U.S. Government provides tips on what you should do when things go bad. The following is excerpted from DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLICATION 10217: Security Awareness Overseas, An Overview [Bureau of Diplomatic Security - United States Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council].
Foreign Policy Centre: Publications / THE KIDNAPPING BUSINESS The nature of kidnapping is changing: an important political tool is now a sophisticated business and the gap left by policy-makers has been filled by kidnap and ransom insurance. This project assesses these new trends and works towards a new integrated policy response. This project is supported by Hiscox, Control Risks Group, ASM, SCR and J&H Marsh and McLennan.
Police learning to deal with kidnapping China is seeing a surge in hostage crises. The Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reports that there have been more than 20 reported cases in the past year. Things have exacerbated in the past two months, with almost weekly stories of armed kidnapping.
Armchair World: Guidelines to Survive a Kidnapping Kidnappings can take place in public areas where someone may quietly force you, by gunpoint, into a vehicle. They can also take place at a hotel or residence, again by using a weapon to force your cooperation in leaving the premises and entering a vehicle. The initial phase of kidnapping is a critical one because it provides one of the best opportunities to escape.
Fielding's DangerFinder - Kidnapping - You're in Good Hands The kidnapping and occasional executions of travelers by such groups as the PKK in Turkey, Al-Faran in Kashmir, FARC in Colombia, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, make big headlines but don't reflect the real dangers of kidnapping. Even the recent kidnappings of nuns in Sierra Leone, oil workers in Yemen, researchers in Irian Jaya, journalists in Chechnya, or UN workers in Tajikistan don't properly convey the real threat of being kidnapped. The reality is that only one out of 10 kidnappings become public knowledge. Also, it generates extremely good business. If you happen to find yourself as one of the 200 foreigners who get kidnapped every year, there's little for you to do but hope that you'll be well treated.
California - Teens survive nightmare - sacbee.com The kidnapping started when Ratliff approached a parked car on a lovers' lane about 1 a.m. and forced a couple out at gunpoint. Then, he forced another couple out of a second parked car, said Parra, and used duct tape to bind the two men. He ordered the two girls, 16 and 17, into the Bronco that belonged to one of the male victims, Eric Brown.
News: Kidnapped: How to survive? - myDNA DOD experts advise hostages to try as much as possible to establish a rapport with their captors by finding some type of common ground. Bringing up topics like family, sports or hobbies may prove to be lifesaving. This helps the detainee to be viewed as a human being rather than just an object.
Stranger Danger: Protecting Your Child "Don't talk to strangers!" It's the advice we grew up with and the advice we give our children. Unfortunately, that advice just doesn't cut it today. Our children face danger not only on the streets but on the Internet, at the park, in shopping malls, and practically everywhere they go. Children of service members face a few additional challenges. As parents, we must empower our children with tools to protect themselves.
Elaine Cassel: The Case of Elizabeth Smart The FBI categorizes kidnappings according to the relationship of the perpetrator to the victim: family member, acquaintance, or stranger. Most perpetrators of child kidnappings are parents or acquaintances. Strangers account for less than a quarter of child abductions.
Kidnapping Survival Guidelines The chances of your being kidnapped or taken hostage are small. If it does happen, your chances of survival are high. Kidnapping is a terrifying experience, but you probably possess more personal resources than you think to cope with the situation. Remember, you are of value to those who are holding you only if you are alive, and they want to keep you that way. Your best defense is passive cooperation. The more time passes, the better your chances of being released alive.
Legal Handbook On Kidnapping This publication is intended to be used by people who are genuinely concerned that their child might be kidnapped or, sadly, whose child has been kidnapped by a former spouse, partner, or other family member. Perhaps this information will provide some ideas of what to do, where to go, and what kinds of things can be done to try to prevent a kidnapping or to help get the child safely returned. While much of the material in this publication focuses on children who have been taken out of the country, most of the information also is applicable to cases in which the child remains in the United States.
US CODE: Title 18,1204. International parental kidnapping
Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - Abduction Precautions A discussion group thread
Know the Rules...Abduction and Kidnapping Prevention Tips for ... Know the Rules...Abduction and Kidnapping Prevention Tips for Parents and Guardians : Straightforward safety tips and guidelines for parents to consider when talking to their children about personal safety along with recommendations to better safeguard homes and surroundings. Download this publication (PDF) English • Spanish
CNN.com - Kidnapping and ransom on the rise - Feb. 19, 2004 Kidnapping for ransom or politics has long been a hazard of executive travel for global businesses. And over the last few years it has been getting worse, despite efforts to curb the problem.
Kidnapped teen's family describes safety pin escape A 13-year-old boy left bound and gagged in a remote patch of Florida countryside used a safety pin, a stick and his teeth to free himself from captivity, his family said Tuesday.
Kidnapping; Latin American Growth Industry Thanks to increased opportunity, weak law enforcement and the continued disparity between the poor and the wealthy, the abduction of business executives is a growth industry in Latin America. According to estimates by the highly-respected New York-based Kroll Associates security firm, there were at least 6,000 kidnappings in Latin America in 1995. Kroll is highly informed in the matters of kidnapping. They offer kidnapping and ransom advice to insurance companies and victims. Their statistics show that business executives are increasingly becoming the targets of kidnappers. Statistics show that Latin America is ranked, by far, the most dangerous area in the world in terms of kidnapping. The region is well ahead of the Middle East and Asia. Six years of economic growth in Latin America has brought more local and foreign business people on the scene. With that are increased opportunities for criminals.
Child Safety – Kidnapping Escape The rule of thumb for kids is: Take three giant steps backward and run as fast as you can in the opposite direction, and then immediately tell a parent or trusted adult what happened. ... Amy Vandegrift knows the child safety drill: If a stranger rides up in a car beckoning to her, she's to make a beeline in the opposite direction. "You scream and get your friends to call 911,'' says the 11-year-old. ... "Nothing takes the place of parental or trusted adult supervision and attention," says Nancy McBride, director of prevention education at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "Obviously, that's true for younger children, but it's just as true for older children.... There's no book, no video, no gimmick you can buy that can take the place of that." Excerpted from The Christian Science Monitor – 29 July 2002
Survival Options - Kidnapping The best kidnapping survival strategy is to immediately prevent the kidnapping and avoid worse survival odds at a second crime scene.
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