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Avoiding Kidnapping Know How: Prevention is the best weapon against plagiarism, says colombian expert.

 

Mr. Yerkinson Toncel, colombian police expert lectures on how to avoid being kidnapped.

Mr. Yerkinson Toncel, colombian police expert lectures on how to avoid being kidnapped.

Yerkinson Toncel, specialist in Colombia in the anti-kidnapping police, said his country’s experience showed that citizens can take steps in order to not fall victim to kidnappers.  Mr. Toncel is holding the position of superintendent of the Bureau of Anti-Kidnapping Colombian National Police, has a career of almost twenty years within the police ranks and is one of the leading connoisseurs of the modus operandi of the FARC and other armed groups operating in Colombia.

His conference adressed paraguayan  judges and prosecutors , and the first thing he mentioned is the need that the kidnappers have as little information as possible from potential victims, which he considers can be achieved through prevention.

Previous analysis.  In first place, the Colombian expert said that  it is essential to neutralize the possibility that the kidnappers made a preliminary analysis of the routine of potential victims. “Most people have a very demarcated routine, using the same route to and from work or carry out certain activities provided at the same hour”.

The expert held that this can be very dangerous because those who aim to commit plagiarism does not care how long it will take them to achieve it (the analysis of the routine of the potential victim) . “Many abductions are planned for months,” he said.

Observation.  Mr. Toncel stressed that being observant is a quality that every potential victim needs. Having an exact knowledge of the streets that are usually used, to watch what happens on the road, to know where people around you are driving faster or slower, to know your surroundings. “The offender tries to find out  all the details of the path of the victim,” said about it.

He said that the observation includes taking into account any information, from the number plate of the family cars until knowing the  most about the children’s friendships. Also advised to educate children not to disclose certain information.

He also stated that carrying weapons will not necessarily protect the wearer from a possible kidnapping.

“Prevention is more important than any weapon, we can never know how you react to this situation.”

On the other hand, the expert stressed the importance of family members being  in constant communication. “The family must deal with the possibility of being kidnapped and all members must agree to follow certain habits, setting up emergency numbers on the phones and use code words in circumstances of risk,” he suggested.

The objectives of these conferences are to prevent kidnappings and to provide tools for those interested in preventing the abduction and extortion.

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