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Kidnap for Ransom: Resolving the Unthinkable

By Richard P. Wright; Reviewed by Paul H Aubé, CPP, CAS

***** 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.

 

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