There are only 4 possible outcomes of a kidnapping:
So, how do you escape from an attempted abduction or kidnapping when travelling in a foreign country?
During the initial phase, the shock of capture and the adrenaline-fueled anxiety of your captors means that you need to make a rapid decision: to escape or to surrender. Your choice can result in your life or death.
Here are some proven tactics to help you escape a kidnapping:
- At the moment of abduction, overcome your normalcy bias, accept the reality of the situation, become objective and remain calm.
- The best time to escape is when you are in public during the confusion of the abduction. Your hostage takers are concentrating on controlling the situation and might create opportunities for you to escape.
- Focus on your senses. Apart from your 5 senses you can also use proprioception and equilibrioception to know your body and develop the balance required for escaping fast.
- Look at how your captors are behaving and select the shortest route to safety. If someone is blocking your chosen path, commit to overcome them with concentrated and focused aggression.
- Identify the obstacles and conditions that could impact on your escape attempt. A high wall might force you to go around the obstacle; whereas darkness might enable you to hide near the point of abduction without travelling far. A river or the sea might provide you with an opportunity to swim away.
- Consider what items can be used in the surrounding area to help your escape effort. Sand can be thrown into the face of your captor; a door jamb can snap a flexicuff; or a pebble used to create a distraction.
- Rather than relying on your fists, always make an improvised weapon and use it with speed, aggression and surprise when necessary.
If you have decided in advance that you would rather escape than face the horrors of detention, torture, sickness and violence, practice doing so on one of our Hostile Environment Awareness Training courses.