Kidnapping Protection Tips

The number of reported kidnappings of local San Diego residents in nearby Mexican cities doubled during 2007 from the previous year to a record 26 kidnappings according to the FBI San Diego Office.

Kidnapping for ransom and extortion is increasingly more common, especially in nearby Mexico, where several executives have been kidnapped during the past few months. Kidnapping is also a risk for family members. Although impossible to completely eliminate the risk, there are preventative measures companies can take to protect their employees:

  • Acknowledge the threat.
  • Conduct a risk analysis, a thorough assessment of the individuals at risk, the geopolitical environment and the possible hazards they may face.
  • Use the results of the risk analysis to develop a risk management strategy, which generally includes creating a contingency plan, purchasing quality insurance coverage and hiring executive protection professionals.

In the event of a kidnapping, families and employers should:

  • Regain composure and emotions.
  • If the kidnapper initiates contact, get as much information as possible.
  • Make the kidnapper aware of any special medical conditions the victim may have.
  • Do not make any demands, threats or promises.
  • Create a crisis strategy.

If you become a kidnapping victim:

  • Remain calm.
  • Be alert.
  • Assess the situation thoroughly.
  • Do not antagonize the abductor.
  • Do not make any promises on your end. They may conflict with the response team's negotiation.
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