***** Kidnap for Ransom: Resolving the Unthinkable. By Richard P. Wright, CPP; published by CRC Press; available from ASIS, item #1839, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 232 pages; $79 (ASIS members), $87 (nonmembers).
As demonstrated by the thousands of kidnappings committed internationally each year, the threat of abduction is a constant one. Security professionals responsible for personal protection, particularly in high-risk countries like Mexico and Nigeria, know that something must be done to address the threat. This is where Richard P. Wright’s Kidnap for Ransom: Resolving the Unthinkable comes in handy. It is a book for the real protection manager facing real abduction threats.
Unlike many authors who try to explain hostage-taking based on a single event or a single geographical area, author Richard Wright depicts the subject matter both historically and conceptually. He focuses on what he calls the “classic ransom kidnapping,” and speaks as a veteran field operative who has faced real life-threatening situations requiring thoughtful resolution.
In less than 250 pages, a security professional will find a ready template for his or her own kidnapping incident procedures. Like many other executive protection manuals, Kidnap for Ransom provides a detailed “avoidance tips” appendix to educate the potential victim and forewarn the security professional.
Wright explains in his introductory chapter that he tries “to present...an overview of the series of activities that represent the best opportunity for a successful resolution of a kidnap for ransom.” The book is true to this attempt and security professionals are encouraged to pursue this side of the knowledge base.
Reviewer: Paul H Aubé, CPP, CAS (Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist), is director of community security for Federation C.J.A. in Montreal. A security professional for 20 years, he is the former chair of the ASIS International Montreal Chapter and a member of the ASIS International Council on Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime.