A New York Times Online article titled Dealing With Kidnapping Abroad (http://tinyurl.com/75e6k7b) warns that kidnapping is alive and well and offers some experts' advice on how to avoid or mitigate the threat.
In addition to the quoted experts, the Times' David Wallis also references several Web sites that provide additional information:
- Chartis' Kidnap & Ransom Insurance page at
- U.S. State Department's Personal Security Guidelines For the American Business Traveler Overseas at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/19795.pdf
While the article is most assuredly worth a read, if only for the real life stories, it offers very little that's new. The main points are
- Vary routes and schedules, and occasionally be early or late to meetings
- Meet in public places, eschew private estates.
- Make your own transportation arrangements.
- Be aware of your surroundings and suspicious of people seen too often on your travels - perhaps you are being followed.
- Consider kidnapping and ransom insurance.
- Consider paying a professional for self-protection advice and training.