Hostage and Hijacking Situations | Scope of Risk

Hostage or hijack situations involve the unlawful detention of an individual or group. The distinction between a hostage and kidnapping situation is that the location of the victim is typically known during a hostage situation, and that hostage events are typically resolved more swiftly than a kidnapping event. Hijacking is typically the taking of hostages when in transit, either when individuals or groups are in landbased vehicles, maritime vessels, or aircraft. Hijackers may be motivated by many of the same motives as kidnappers. Hostage situations may involve disgruntled employees, personal disputes, criminals, or in the most extreme cases activists, insurgents, or terror groups.
Add a note hereThe nature of the operating environment will determine the approach used to manage a hostage or hijacking situation. Hostage negotiation is a specialist field, and company managers should not enter into discussions with the perpetrators. The following considerations should be applied to hostage situations:
§  Add a note hereWhat are the motives or agendas of the individual or group?
§  Add a note hereDoes the individual or group have a history of undertaking hostage situations? If so, what were the outcomes?
§  Add a note hereWho has been taken hostage, and what is the victim's mental and medical condition?
§  Add a note hereWas the hostage targeted specifically or indiscriminately?
§  Add a note hereHas this been planned, or was it spontaneous or unintentional?
§  Add a note hereAre the perpetrators armed and violent?
§  Add a note hereHave the perpetrators made realistic or unrealistic demands?
§  Add a note hereHow effective are local law enforcement and other agencies in dealing with hostage situations?
§  Add a note hereAre other personnel at risk?
§  Add a note hereHas the area been cleared and cordoned off?

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