Kidnapping in Manchester – Not Mexico

Kidnapping in Manchester – Not Mexico

The recent report of a gang kidnapping in Manchester last week highlights the need for high net worth individuals to be extra vigilant no matter where they are in the world. High profile and high net worth individuals are a natural target for kidnapping, express...

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Crisis threats remain high, despite being at home

Crisis threats remain high, despite being at home

Lockdowns globally has meant that we have all been at home for a large part of 2020 with little or no international travel and very little local traveling for work or recreation. Despite this, our prevention partners, Crisis24 have reported just 11 fewer cases (75 in...

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What is Express Kidnapping?

What is Express Kidnapping?

An express kidnap can be a development of an opportunist street crime such as a mugging, where the mugger realises they can get more money by making demands of a family or employer. Alternatively, it can be planned and a victim specifically targeted – as in the case...

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Urban Kidnaps

Urban Kidnaps

Kidnaps in urban areas can be planned or opportunistic. Planned kidnaps are usually carried out by professional criminal gangs for financial or political gain. They identify a potential victim and observe their routine/lifestyle for some time. They then abduct them...

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Threats At home and at Work

Threats At home and at Work

Kidnaps and attempted kidnaps often take place when you are on your way home or to work, as these are predictable locations for you to be in. Identify anything or anyone suspicious and get it checked out. This way you should not miss anyone observing your routine and...

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Threats when you are on the move

Threats when you are on the move

When you are on the move, you are vulnerable to being kidnapped. Many people are taken in their cars, particularly if they use predictable routes and are easy to identify. Be as random as you possibly can with your route selection. Be very vigilant when you get close...

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General Safety Precautions

General Safety Precautions

Taking a range of practical precautions can minimize the likelihood of you falling victim to any form of kidnap. The focus should be on detecting threats, deterring potential kidnappers and delaying any kidnap attempt long enough for security assistance to arrive....

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Preparing your Clients for the Threats Ahead

Preparing your Clients for the Threats Ahead

In the first of its kind, Markham Special Risks have partnered with AIG to offer Crisis Solutions Complete, a tailored extension to a Crisis Solutions policy that provides security consultancy specifically designed to prevent and respond to a multiple of crisis...

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Typical Victims of a Kidnapping

Typical Victims of a Kidnapping

Criminals will often target several potential kidnap victims and select the most promising, after observing them for a period of time. Factors that may increase your likelihood of being kidnapped include: • Representing wealth/value • Being predictable and easily...

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What is Virtual Kidnapping?

What is Virtual Kidnapping?

We have all heard about traditional kidnapping whereby a person gets taken (often violently) to a secure location and their loved ones are contacted so that the kidnappers can negotiate a ransom for the return of the individual. We all feel that this scenario would...

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