Tips to avoid being a kidnap victim – Pacer
THE Police Anti Crime and Emergency Response (Pacer) on Wednesday revealed at least a fifty-percent decrease in kidnap-for-ransom cases for last year as compared to 2010.
Records by Pacer shows that there were 21 KFR cases reported in 2010, as compared to only 11 KFR cases reported last year. Records said these kidnappings were perpetrated by organized crime groups.
Pacer is the PNP’s crack unit against kidnapping cases and kidnap for ransom (KFR) groups.
Pacer also said there were 20 terrorist-related kidnappings recorded in 2010, while 14 kidnappings of the same nature were recorded last year.
Meanwhile, Teresita Ang-See, founding chairman of the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order, the decrease in organized crime group-related kidnapping incidents can be attributed to the awareness of the public on the matter.
Ang-See said KFR groups became bolder in the past since kidnap victims do not report the incident to the police.
“Nobody reports, nobody cooperates with the police, nobody files cases. They all paid ransom fast, they all paid ransom big. So, it’s almost a perfect crime,” Ang-See said in a press conference at Camp Crame.
The press conference of which was held “without the consent of the chief of the PNP Public Information Office.
Julian Rodriguez, a kidnap victim in 2009, made a film documentary showing how not to fall prey to kidnapping groups and recounted his five-day ordeal while in the hands of his abductors.
1)Avoid routine when travelling
2)Appoint security officer in your family who will know the family members’ whereabouts
3)Screen your workers well who may “wittingly and unwittingly” give out information about your family
4)Avoid flashy lifestyle
5)Do not travel alone
6)Gas up during daytime
7)Maintain your vehicle so as to avoid engine or mechanical trouble while travelling which may give kidnappers the opportunity to strike
8)When kidnapped, Rodriguez said “do not peep from your blindfold” since the suspects are afraid you might have a good look at them and identify them later on.
9) Do not argue with your abductors
10)Think twice about escaping as this will give your abductors the chance to kill you. Rodriguez was rescued by Pacer after five days in captivity in Pangasinan.
The operation also led to the killing of the five kidnappers. His family did not pay the P20 million demanded by the suspects.