Kidnapping in Foreign Countries



Kidnapping is a real and dangerous threat in many countries. The only guaranteed way to avoid kidnapping is not to go to risky areas. Since this is impractical for many travelers, the next best thing is to be aware of the risks. Some tips for surviving a kidnapping.

Today many business travelers rely on KRE insurance to deal with kidnapping, ransom, and extortion situations. KRE insurance providers include:
Palmer & Cay
Black Fox International, Inc
Chubb Insurance
Pinkerton Burns
Seitlin & Company
Kroll Inc.

Below are kidnapping statistics for various countries. Please bear in mind that only a tiny fraction [10% ?] of all kidnapping cases are reported to authorities for fear that it will trigger further kidnappings.

Have a safe trip!!

Rank  Country 

1992 

1993 

1994 

1995 

1996 

1997 

1998 

1999 

TOTAL 

1

Colombia

464

244

217

469

947

908

960

972

5,181

2

Mexico

46

87

31

48

109

275

436

402

1,269

3

Former Soviet Union*

5

5

13

3

21

41

57

105

250

4

Brazil

94

66

73

56

65

67

43

51

515

5

Philippines

53

56

78

61

113

61

51

39

492

6

Nigeria

1

0

0

1

0

2

6

24

34

7

India

9

10

13

9

5

8

5

17

76

8

Ecuador

1

10

15

11

7

5

5

12

66

9

Venezuela

15

6

7

7

28

24

10

12

109

10

South Africa

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

10

11

  Total

683

484

447

666

1,295

1,391

1,573

1,644

7,773



Source: Hiscox Group "(The statistics are based on those cases about which Hiscox has obtained reasonably reliable information and do not purport to represent the full extent of the problem.) * Former Soviet Union comprises the Russian Federation and the 14 fully independent republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan"


Other numbers:

Amnesty International Report 2001
    Colombia:
    More than 300 disappearances, more than 4,000 political killings and about 1,500 kidnappings by the factions involved in the country's armed conflict. 300,000 people displaced.






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