Terrorist groups and organized crime cartels pose an increasing threat of kidnapping throughout many regions in the word. At the same time, international travel has become more commonplace for both business and leisure purposes. Kidnapping and Abduction: Minimizing the Threat and Lessons in Survival provides a practical guide on the precautions travelers can take to avoid being kidnapped or derail a kidnapping attempt in progress. In the event this cannot be avoided, the book supplies advice on how to ensure survival during captivity.
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Essential reading for anyone living, doing business, or traveling abroad or at sea, this practical handbook reveals tactics that best enable those vulnerable to protect against an attack—or in the worse-case scenario, increase their chances for survival.
Introduction. Abduction or Kidnapping, the Legal Definition. Intent. The Money Factor. Varying Laws. Demographic Distribution of Kidnap Incidents. Latin America. Asia. Africa. The Middle East. The United States of America. Other Western Countries. Kidnapping by Terrorists. Attack Recognition and Personal Security Strategies. General Security Tips. Vehicle Selection. Tipper Truck. 4 × 4. SUV. Pickup Truck. Saloon. Armoring a Vehicle against Small Arms Fire. History. Mechanism of Bullet-Resistant Materials. Up-Armoring the Bodywork of a Vehicle. Bullet-Resistant Transparent Materials. Modern Developments in Transparent Bullet-Resistant Materials. Up-Armoring the Glass in a Vehicle. Fully Armored Vehicles. Defensive Driving. Basics. Additional Precautions. Tactical Driving. Three Basic Rules of Defensive Driving. Using the Vehicle as a Battering Ram. General Tips for Driving Awareness and Safety. Specialized Driving Techniques. Self-Defense Strategies. Self-Defense Concepts. Universal Flinch Theory. Strategies for Self-Protection. Abduction by Car. Restraints. Be Observant. Escape and Recapture. Dealing with an Abductor’s Weapon. Kidnapping from Ships, Oil Rigs, and Industrial Plants. Kidnapping from Tankers, Ships, and Yachts. Nonlethal Countermeasures to Deter Pirates. Lethal Countermeasures. Ammunition Selection for Shotguns. Oil and Gas Rigs. Personal Protection: Body Armor. Bullet-Resistant Vests. History. Mechanism of Bullet-Resistant Materials. Standards for BRV Threat Levels. Considerations to Be Taken When Choosing a BRV. Personal Protection: Weapons. Personal (Rape) Alarm. Telescopic Steel Baton. Tear Gas. Tear Gas Sprays. Tear Gas Guns. Stun Guns. Firearms. Weapon Type Selection. Selection of Caliber and Weapon. Weapons Likely to Be Used by Kidnappers and Terrorists. Small Arms. Other Weapons Likely to Be Utilized in a Kidnap Situation. Survival on Being Kidnapped. Obse