Executive Protection - Basic Kidnap Avoidance

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Ninety percent of all executive kidnappings are preventable by anti-kidnap training, planning, awareness and avoidance activities. A basic kidnap avoidance plan should include not catching the eyes of kidnappers and becoming a less appealing target. This should include:

Varying your times, activities, routes and schedules

Dressing inconspicuously and appropriately to the local culture

Avoiding loud colors such as bright reds, yellows and oranges

Not wearing any flashy or lavish amounts of jewelry

Showing as little money as possible when paying for personal items

Not roaming outside the tourist, shopping and business boundaries

Becoming inaccessible, observant and aware

Using precaution when meeting someone you don't know well

Avoiding secluded areas or passing close to shrubbery and alleyways

Not taking shortcuts and avoiding unfamiliar routes

Walking facing traffic so a vehicle cannot pull up behind you unnoticed

Never walking on the most direct or obvious route. Instead, use a zigzag or roundabout path to stay unpredictable and make it difficult for pursuers to attack.

Avoiding daily activities that are constant, consistent or have a pattern

Always planning an alternate way out in restaurants, movie theaters or cafes

Playing it cool and keeping focused if you suspect pre-kidnap surveillance

Reporting surveillance incidents immediately to the police and embassy

Changing hotel locations as a precaution

Maintaining situational awareness and keeping a lower profile

Encouraging host associates to be alert for suspicious activity

Keeping a much lower profile during periods of high threat

Being particularly alert at public gathering places

Making it a habit of checking to ensure all appears normal each day

Checking in front of your residence and place of work before leaving to see if there are any suspicious persons or odd vehicles in the neighborhood

Remaining cautious even in pleasant areas and avoiding locations without multiple escape routes

Getting professional assistance to deal with actual or probable kidnap threats.

The basic kidnap avoidance techniques in this article should be practiced aggressively in high-risk countries as they will have the following deterrence effect on potential kidnap operations:

Delay your expected arrival and departure times

Disrupt or interrupt any predictable routines you may have

Deny pre-kidnap surveillance activities through security-conscious behavior

Decrease kidnapper motivation by making them believe they will not succeed

Destroy kidnap sequence plans by alertness, situational awareness and by taking the threat seriously.

Keep safe out there and God speed.

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Doc Rogers is the author of the new book entitled: Corporate Executive Protection - A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards. Step-by-step instructions on providing corporate executive protection for those new to the industry as well as veterans. Doc is the Director of Dipolmatic Protection (DDP) for International Corporate Executive Protection. He is a Certified Protection Specialist and has a Ph.D in Security Administration. Prior to his appointment as DDP for International Corporate Executive Protection he was a former veteran police officer. Doc is widely regarded as the leading authority on Executive Protection In Southeast Asia and India. To learn more about the author and his new book visit: http://www.international-corporate-executive-protection.com

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This article was published on 2010/03/29