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Kidnapping - What Can You Do
Any of the above and more could become justifications in the mind of a kidnapper for his criminal act.
Don't travel alone after dark or in secluded places. Kidnappers in parking lots ,or other random locations, choose their victims to decrease the potential of being caught. If you are out after dark, or going to a secluded place, make sure a trusted person (group of people in a dangerous area) is with you. Exit shopping centers with other groups of individuals if you are alone. Ask the store for help and a escort to your car if you suspect a problem. They will want to know.
Know where you are going and how to get there. Not knowing what to do or appearing confused may cause a criminal to pick you out of the crowd. Get a road map, subway, tube or train map, plan and study your route, especially in new places. Know for example what stops are before and after your stop, have a plan if you should miss your stop. Be alert regarding anyone who approaches you, stands near you, or loiters in the area for no reason. Read signs and directions in a effective manner. Do Not stand around looking confused. If you need glasses, wear them. Ask for directions from attendants or security personnel if needed.
If you are in a potentially hostile environment. Speak with your family or colleagues about the need for privacy regarding travel plans, times, routes as well as any personal information. Your personal daily habits are very important. Changing the routes you drive, the times you leave and vehicle colors or type, if possible, on a daily or regular basis. This can help you avoid an attack by depriving any potential attackers of knowing where you will be at any given time. Make it a habit to vary these travel details, shopping, errand and meal times as well as all your daily routine as widely as possible. Rather than instilling fear in young children, tell them the need to stay close to you and not talk to strangers and be alert to who they speak with and where they are, who is responsible for their care at all times.
Carry a cell phone. If service is available, obtain a cell phone. Have the numbers to your governments Embassy if in another country, local police, other emergency numbers, company security, hotel and other friends, contacts or individuals that you may need to contact, stored ahead of time in the phone. Know if a emergency phone number is available to call for emergency services in the area where you will travel, store it in the phone as well.
In a potentially Hostile Situation or Environment.
Use your imagination and consult with others who have experience in this area for more information.
Attacks often occur outside the home, in the driveway while leaving for work, during the commute to or from work or another location. These attacks occur after your habits have been established through surveillance.
The most predictable habit that can be used against you is the route you travel between your home and place of work or any commonly frequented place. Change these routes as much as possible, regularly.
Check occasionally to see that no one is following you. Change directions and make turns that reverse your course. Notice if any of the vehicles behind you make the same turns. When changing lanes does the vehicle always keep it's way open to follow you. Does it turn and continue following you? No one will drive around aimlessly in opposite directions. For example, drive streets so that you are traveling in a circle. Then turn in the opposite direction. If you suspect that you are being followed take note of a description of the car and its occupants, if possible, any identifying marks or numbers.
Carry a cell phone. Inconspicuously call for help, if possible, don't glare at or drive aggressively toward the other vehicle, simply call for help as you would make any other call as soon as you have noticed a threat. Follow the instructions you receive.
If no phone is
available, do not, under any circumstances, take any action that might
provoke them or that could lead to a confrontation, such as driving
aggressively or threateningly, or other aggressive moves or gestures. Do
not stop your vehicle to confront anyone. Keep an eye on the other vehicle,
it is ok if they see that you are watching them (Not glaring at them).
Drive directly to the nearest safe haven, such as a your nations embassy if
you are in another land, or to a police station, advise the appropriate
security or police authorities. Do Not drive to your home or any other
location. Drive directly to a safe location on well traveled streets. Honk
your horn repeatedly directly in front of the police station to attract
attention if there is no one around.
Keep your windows rolled up and doors locked when driving. Don't drive to slowly in dangerous areas. Don't stop at intersections regardless of the signal, if it is safe to drive on, if individuals approach your vehicle or the curb as you pull up. If anyone starts to approach you at a secluded intersection while in a known dangerous area, drive immediately on without waiting for a signal. Keep a watch out for any unusual activity and leave immediately if anyone appears in a dangerous area.
Fasten your seat belt securely if you are followed.
Learn to recognize the signs of an attack.
You must consider options you may use ahead of time that take into consideration the possible circumstances you may find yourself in. There will be no time for thought and decision making once the attack begins.
If you are walking in a parking lot, move in between parked cars into another lane if a suspicious vehicle drives up to you as if it will stop. Push on cars you walk past with your hands as you go to set off car alarms. Go back inside to a safe location. If you are pursued, drop everything and run for safety. Yell for help and cause as much commotion as possible.
If you are driving while a attack begins, sound your horn as much as possible. Cause as much commotion as you can to draw attention. Even if you do not escape, this will cause witnesses to see what is happening, this may in turn lead to your abduction being reported immediately, rather than being discovered later.
If your path is blocked while driving by an obstacle ahead you have one of four options if you act quickly.
Drive directly to a safe location.
If your vehicle fails you still have your feet. Bailout as quickly as possible, leave vehicle contents behind except for your cell phone. Do not stop to set the parking Brake, as soon as the car stops, bail out and run. If you have passengers tell them to bail out and run when the car stops. Let them know you won't be setting the brake so they "had better give it their all" to get out fast and run away. Another tactic with passengers is to let them out, one at a time in good locations where they can hide or get a running chance to reach safety, as you go. If you can't do that because your attackers are right behind you, don't try it. When you bail out Do Not run in front of the vehicle. It may run over or strike you. Run at an angle away from the vehicle and away from your attackers. Do Not run along the side of the street or road. Leave the street and run between parked cars into large stores or businesses if possible. To any sign of populated civilization. Scream, call for help, make as much commotion as possible to draw attention. Do Not stop at the front door. Run toward the back of the building. Climb over or go under counters or other obstacles without any regard for signs, barriers, or embarrassment, call very loudly for help. Example: "Help! Someone is attacking me! Call the police!" again and again.
In a secluded rural area,
Turning off your lights (if you can see well enough without them may disguise where you are or if your are turning at intersections. Doing this if possible before intersections can make it difficult for anyone following at a distance of knowing where you went. This won't work on dirt or gravel roads if it is dry, the billowing dirt trail will lead anyone to you.
Bailing Out in a Secluded Area.
In tall grass, stoop low and conceal your location as much as possible. Change directions for some distance before dropping to hide. Use ditches or holes as helpful cover if found. DO NOT call out for help unless you see other people or know for a fact that they are present and want to help.
At night use the picture at the right to demonstrate how to change directions. Change directions many times if needed to evade. Make all of these maneuvers with the utmost silence! Do not crunch leaves or vegetation, be completely silent. You may curve in a wide arch in either direction if you have a good head start on your attackers and you know which way they are going by listening or seeing their lights. Do not go back to your vehicle or the road seek help from others wherever it can be found.
If you must choose a hiding place quickly and quietly place leaves or grass over yourself completely. Do no leave a obvious outline of your body. Do not scrape all the leaves from next to you if it is day time. Lie flat on the ground, in a hole or depression if possible. Cover yourself. Do not breath heavy, open your mouth wide and breath in and out very softly so that you cannot hear it. Do Not cough, sneeze or make any noise what so ever. There are no reasons no matter how serious to make any noise what so ever. Lay perfectly still and do not move even the slightest bit no matter how close your attackers come. As long as they are searching it means that they haven't found you.
The above is only some information provided strictly as opinion. This is not meant and should not be taken in any way as an advisement of any course of action in your situation. This information is meant to inspire you to form your own personal guidelines or tactics should you be placed in dangerous circumstances or become a victim of the all to common crime of kidnapping. If you face a real threat due to some circumstance contact law enforcement officials and other professionals for guidance in your situation.