The Risk Of Kidnappings Exists Abroad And At Home

The Alabama police announced the arrest of a man and a woman involved in the kidnapping of a retired businessman.

The two kidnappers broke into the home of the victim, a former executive in the real estate arm of the family's conglomerate organization. They stole three guns from the house, then took the man to a trailer in a nearby county. The couple forced the victim to wire transfer $250,000 into their account, then brought him back to his house.

The businessman was physically unharmed but was traumatized by the incident. Police say the victim did not know the two kidnappers, but declined to give further details. Authorities have recovered the stolen money and property. Joshua Rhett Miller "Businessman pays $250K ransom after being kidnapped in home invasion" nypost.com (Sep. 18, 2020).

Commentary

When discussing the issue of executive kidnapping, most people consider it a risk when traveling abroad. Although the risk is likely greater when traveling abroad, particularly in certain countries, the above article demonstrates the real risk of executive kidnapping at home.

The primary aim of kidnapping is to obtain money, and like any other theft, can occur anywhere. By understanding the risk, individuals can limit their chance of becoming a victim.

Do not assume you are safe because you are not wealthy. Middle-class executives and their family members can be targets.

Be aware that kidnapping is often a planned crime, with the perpetrator monitoring your movements and vulnerabilities.

Whether home or abroad, executives and employees should vary their daily routines of where you exercise, dine, or gather with colleagues or friends. Do not publicize travel plans, particularly via social media, which are easily tracked by kidnappers. Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid isolated or rural areas.

In addition, maintain a low profile when traveling abroad, and do not call attention to wealth.

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