Kidnap, Extortion and Threat Response

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Kidnap, Extortion and Threat Response

Kidnap, Extortion and Threat Response & Recovery - Kidnap Avoidance Training
Kidnap Incident Management Training - Kidnap and Extortion Incident Plannng
Kidnap Risk Analysis and Intelligence


Control Risks has led the field for four decades and has unparalleled expertise in resolving cases of kidnap for ransom, extortion, threat and illegal detention. We have developed a world leading response capability with regards to ransomware and other extortive cyber attacks.


Advanced global capability
  • We have resolved more than 2,300 cases and amassed over 50,000 case-days of experience
  • Our experience covers every region of the world, including 138 countries

The response process

In the event of a kidnap or other extortive threat incident, Control Risks will deploy a consultant anywhere in the world. The consultant will evaluate the circumstances and advise on possible options and negotiation strategies, and undertake appropriate liaison with law enforcement and other key constituents.

Kidnap incident management training

We run training workshops designed to provide an understanding of the issues associated with resolving kidnap or extortion cases:

  • Overall incident management
  • Communicating with kidnappers
  • Managing affected families

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Kidnap and extortion incident planning

We work with your organisation to make sure you have the appropriate structures in place and have clear procedures to help contain an incident. Control Risks will work with you to draft new plans or review existing ones, ensuring that they adequately address the key challenges and are in line with industry best practice.

Kidnap awareness, avoidance and survival

Designed for anyone who is required to travel to or work regularly in environments where kidnap for ransom presents a significant risk, this course covers:

  • Simple measures to reduce the likelihood of an abduction
  • The basic elements and structure of a kidnap, including an awareness of the pressures that can develop
  • Effective coping skills and strategies that will help to reduce the psychological impact of a kidnap

Kidnap threat analysis and intelligence

Control Risks has a team of multi-lingual analysts who track extortive crime trends globally. Backed by Control Risks’ 42 years of operational experience, the analysts have access to a wealth of confidential case information. They maintain the world’s largest database of kidnap for ransom and extortion incidents, containing more than 50,000 incidents.

They are uniquely placed to analyse the kidnap ransom threat as it relates to your employees and business operations at a country, state or city level.

Control Risks is retained exclusively by Hiscox at Lloyds of London to provide priority crisis response to clients insured under kidnap for ransom and extortion policies:

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Resolving a kidnap in Mexico

Case study: A criminal group kidnaps a high-profile businessman in Mexico. The victim’s company seeks the safe and timely release of its employee.

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Security Incident Response

Security Incident Response

We provide the operational response that is integral to the Security Incident Response policy provided by Hiscox, the specialist insurer.

Kidnapping risk along the Belt and Road Initiative

Kidnapping risk along the Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an unprecedented opportunity to develop regional economic integration and maritime connectivity, but also presents a risk of kidnap-for-ransom.

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