Targeted Violence: A Statistical and Tactical Analysis of Assassinations, Contract Killings, and Kidnappings

Glenn P. McGovern

June 16, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 331 Pages - 135 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138116153 - CAT# K35466

USD$79.95

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Features

  • Supplies a wealth of statistical data on targeted attacks broken down by region, country, month, day of the week, and time of day
  • Provides detailed victimology of targeted attacks that have occured over the past 60 years
  • Analyzes 900 incidents of targeted violence from around the world
  • Contains numerous case studies that examine attacks on motorcades and pedestrians dating back to 1973
  • Investigates the modus operandi of individuals and organizations responsible for targeted violence, including contract killers, drug cartels, mafias, terrorist groups, extremists, and governments

Summary

Drawn from case examples of incidents from around the world, Targeted Violence: A Statistical and Tactical Analysis of Assassinations, Contract Killings, and Kidnappings is the most complete resource of information on the attack methodologies, tactics used, and groups responsible for targeted killings and kidnappings. The author, a former SWAT and JTTF team member—whose experience includes providing protection to diplomats, high-ranking military personnel, prosecutors, and organized crime informants—presents a wealth of global statistics on assassinations, contract killings, and kidnappings that have occurred from 1950 to the present.

Leaving no stone unturned, the book breaks down the various incidents of targeted violence by region, country, month, day of the week, and time of day. It reports on likely locations for each type of attack, success rates, who is likely to initiate the attacks, and who they are most likely to target. The book’s easy-to-follow format allows readers, experienced or not in personal protective work, to determine the types of attacks known to have occurred in any region.

This complete reference includes 35 case studies that examine attacks on motorcades and pedestrians dating back to 1973—highlighting the lessons to be learned from each example. It analyzes the modus operandi of individual assailants and groups in order to determine commonalities between targeted victims and why certain groups tend to target a specific type of individual. The text concludes with a chapter on victimology.

Just like anyone, assassins and hit men fall into routines and can become creatures of habit. By studying and understanding the collection of historical information contained in these pages, security, military, and law enforcement professionals responsible for providing protection will be better prepared to identify potential threats and develop the tactics needed to thwart such attacks.

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