As multinational companies assess kidnapping risks in various global hotspots, they need to understand that, like other customs, there’s regional variation in the selection of kidnapping victims.

In the Western hemisphere, for instance, kidnappers tend to target local nationals working for global companies. Local victims tend to have more predictable routines, speak the local language, and are less likely to have international governments involved in recovery efforts.

In the Eastern hemisphere, however, the perception of wealth or influence overrides those considerations. Expatriates need to be especially cautious about attracting attention or falling into predictable routines, such as grocery shopping or jogging according to set patterns.

Multinational companies need to understand kidnapping and crime patterns in the regions where they operate, and tailor their risk management programs accordingly.

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