Kidnapping And Hostage Survival - Some Do's & Dont's
At Residence & Office :
- Secure perimeter of the house/office.
- Trim bushes and trees around as these could block the view towards outside.
- As far as possible, use only one door and lock the rest from inside. however always provide for an escape door.
- Keep important telephone numbers of the nearest police stations, police control room, known police officer's and helpful neighbors handy near the telephone.
- Visitors in the office must always be escorted by the security staff who should remain present until greetings have been exchanged.
- Encourage your friends to telephone prior to an intended visit. this reduces the number of unexpected callers to the minimum.
- Keep a watch dog at the residence.
- Open the front door only after checking the identity of the visitor through a peeping eye.
- Check all the doors and windows every night before retiring to ensure that they are properly locked/bolted from inside.
- keep a light burning in the front door area during the hours of darkness.
- Keep a strict check on the house/office keys.
- If the key is lost, have a new lock fitted.
- Inform the police of the presence of suspicious vehicles or persons near the house or office.
- Know your neighbors well enough so that normal you can watch each others houses.
- Do not accept invitations on telephone to visit a place/person unless the identity of the caller is fully established.
- Do not encourage servants bring their friends, relatives into the premises.
- Ask the members of the household including servants / office staff not to disclose the whereabouts of the protected person and his future appointments to unidentified callers.
- Treat late callers with suspicion and refuse admittance unless he/she is known to you.
Inform police at once in the event of any visitor attempting forcible entry.
- Be on the alert for signs of any surveillance since terrorists generally keeps a watch on potential victims for some time before striking.
While traveling :
- Always be alert while leaving the gate of your house or returning to the house this applies to entry and exit from the office complex as well Keep your car doors locked while traveling/when parked in the garage.
- If no garage is available, leave your car at a Place where it can be seen by everyone
- Vary your time of departure and change your route frequently Use alternative routes occasionally though this may involve increase in commuting time If you have a choice of vehicles, do not make full use of them
- Occasionally, sit beside the driver in the front seat
- Travel in a group to the extent possible.
- If you think you are being followed, take a known detour and if you are still suspicious, head for the nearest police station.
- Avoid narrow lonely dark streets and keep to the well -lit main routes especially those that pass by police posts.
- Beware of accident scenes or broken down vehicles they may be a decoy.
- If something untoward appears to be taking place on the road ahead, stop and turn before it is too late.
Give details of your intended movements to only those who need to know.
- Ensure that someone in your family knows your whereabouts.
- While moving in a car, open the windows only enough for ventilation.
- Have your driver thoroughly briefed to be security conscious. Let him get training in offensive and defensive driving.
- See that your car is not very showy.
- While traveling by train, enter into a compartment which is already occupied.
- Extend all cooperation to personal security officers in carrying out their legitimate duties.
- Always take along security personnel including PSOs wherever provided during all journeys morning/evening walks.
- On occasions, make reservations in the name of another person when dining out or when traveling.
Observe carefully what is happening outside the house/office any unusual happening should be viewed with suspicion.
- Observe people around you whichever you are and try to remember their features. Sometimes reflects if these very people had me you or were near you sometimes somewhere.
- In case a taxi has to be engaged , avoid hiring the first one in the line or the one which seems to be waiting. Do not give any specific instruction to the driver about the route/destination before commencement of the journey.
Safety begins at home :
- Install an outside light above the front door 50 that you can see callers clearly after dark.
- Use a door viewer and ask the caller's name every time you answer the door, do not open the door until you are sure who is there and that you to see him or her.
- if the caller if a stranger, always use a door chain or limiter when you open the door.
- If the caller claims to be an official public service employee, postman. Are even the police open the door with the chain in place and ask for proof of identity. Take your time examining any document and satisfy yourself that it is genuine.
- If you are in any doubt, ask the person either to wait or to come back later so that you can ring the company he or she claims to represent for verification.
- If the caller is abusive or in any way suspecting 100 or 299/999 immediately and inform the police. Give the most detailed description of the caller that you can.
- If a stranger asks to use your telephone in an emergency, offer to make the call yourself while he waits out side.
- If you think that some one is tying to break into your home at any time, ring the police.
Do not place advertisements in the newspaper or local shop window that would result in people calling at your, home when you might be there alone.
- If your are trying to sell or rent your home, do not show prospective buyers or tenants around on your own.
- Insist that an estate agents representative accompanies them or ask a friend or neighbor to join you.
- Have your door keys out and ready to use. Have a light on outside when you return home after dark.
- Keep garden plants trimmed so that they can not conceal an intruder. As you approach your door have a good look in all directions before putting your key in the lock. Let yourself in promptly and lock the door behind you.
- If there are signs of intrusion, do not go in.
- Never hide keys outside.
- Avoid lending keys to workmen.
- Do not leave spare keys with the building porter unless you want to, you are not obligated to do so.
- Replace the locks immediately if the keys to your home are lost or stolen.
- If you habitually lock yourself out, keep a spare, unmarked set of keys in a safe place at work with a trusted neighbor.