Kidnap for Ransom

Kidnap for Ransom: Resolving the Unthinkable

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Features

  • Establishes a historical perspective on kidnapping and presents a geopolitical backdrop
  • Illustrates how kidnappers develop and implement their operations
  • Provides a series of preventive security measures
  • Defines the parameters of cooperation between the victim’s family and law enforcement
  • Details the process for successful negotiation and explains the risks involved
  • Offers strategies for hostage survival

Summary

The enormous sums paid for the release of hostages coupled with law enforcement’s inability to stem the tide has made kidnapping for ransom a worldwide plague. The increasing rate of reported incidents from every corner of the globe suggests this plague is growing.

Kidnap for Ransom: Resolving the Unthinkable removes the veil of mystery and dispels some of the myths surrounding kidnapping. The book provides security professionals, families, and law enforcement personnel with the modern tools needed to understand and effectively respond to the crime of kidnapping.

This volume traces the historical development of kidnapping for ransom and studies the behaviors of perpetrators, victims, and families. The author makes extensive use of case histories, and includes comments and anecdotes from those who have actually suffered at the hands of kidnappers. Based on his vast experience managing these incidents, the author provides an overview of the series of activities that represent the best opportunity for a successful resolution of a kidnap for ransom scenario. This tried and tested methodology for confronting kidnapping situations enables victims, families, and organizations to have a fighting chance.

In addition, the book examines how kidnappers operate and describes the methods they use to select, target and abduct their victims. The work also details preventive measures that an individual can take to avoid becoming a victim, and the strategies that one must apply to survive a kidnapping.

This is the first book to examine the kidnap for ransom phenomenon and to reveal the process from the moment of the kidnapping until the victim’s safe return. The author’s experience as the principal consultant and manager in the successful resolution of numerous kidnapping and extortion incidents makes this book an invaluable tool for those charged with the responsibility of kidnap prevention, as well as for those law enforcement agents called on to mitigate the potential consequences of an abduction in progress.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Problem

Kidnapping in Antiquity (Prior to 1000 A.D.)

The Middle Ages (1000–1800 A.D.)

The Industrial Age (1800–1970 A.D.)

A Modern Scourge (1968 to the Present)

Kidnapping and Kidnappers

The Crime

Kidnappers

Victims, Families and Organizations

Victims

Families and Organizations

The Incident

The Nightmare Begins

Verification

External Factors

Response

Initial Steps

Establishing Responsibility

Negotiator

Crisis Control Center

Logistics

Life Support

Negotiation

Strategy

Outcomes

Contact

Negotiation Techniques

Offer Development

Pressure

Communication Process

Managing Money

Proof of Life

Offer Acceptance

Resolution

Ransom Delivery

Release

Aftermath

The Criminal or Terrorist Methodology

Phase 1—Planning

Phase 2—Logistics

Phase 3—Surveillance

Phase 4—Action

Phase 5—Escape

Synopsis

Avoidance and Survival

Personal Security

Survival

Conclusion

Appendix: Personal Security and Avoidance Tips

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

"Offering extensive case histories, this book examines the kidnap for ransom phenomenon and reveals the process from the moment of abduction until the victim’s safe return. The author’s principal consultant and manager in the successful resolution of numerous kidnapping and extortion incidents makes this book an invaluable tool for those charged with kidnap prevention as well as for law enforcement agents mitigating the potential consequences of an abduction in progress."

ASIS Dynamics, May/June 2009

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