ThrteatRate 2018 Global K&R report

ThreatRate’s Kidnap for Ransom Annual Report offers global and regional kidnapping analytics and trend insights. Data is derived form various credible open sources and is focused only on insurable kidnap for ransom activity and outcomes that would be of interest to our corporate clients, governmental agencies NGOs and our academic collaborators. The report reviews global K&R analytics first, before taking a deeper dive into the three key regions were most kidnapping incidents took place in 2018. Only events that would meet the criteria of insurance providers are recorded. As such, the report does not cover global kidnappings of illegal immigrants by human traffickers or gang wars (“bad on bad”) kidnappings.

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Seismic activity: A danger to travelers

It is not hyperbole to state that not a day passes without some sort of seismic activity. One can, if curious, view a listing here and see that – as an example – on June 25, 2018, there were twenty seismic events worldwide. The frequency is such that there were, on average, nearly 1500 earthquakes a year over the last few years. While some areas – e.g., the significant parts of the interior of the United States such as the Great Lakes region – are relatively quiet from a seismic perspective other regions and countries throughout the world are extremely seismically active.

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US 2018 Crime Rates Expected to Drop

There has been much discussion in the United States about concerns around crime increasing. Indeed, unlike in previous election cycles, the 2016 general election featured one candidate – now President Trump – campaign on an anti-crime agenda that would have been more at home during the campaigns of Richard Nixon. Much of the concern is driven by the ability of 24-hour news cycles and social media to amplify coverage and to – through instant notifications to mobile devices – inundate individuals with content. Often this content that is pushed to consumers is the same or similar but simply from different sources syndicating from the same source(s). In the area of crime reporting this can, for many, create the impression that crime is out of control and that individuals are substantially less safe than they were years ago. This, however, is not true. Especially when compared to the late 1980s and 1990s the average American – especially those in large cities such New York and Los Angeles – are substantially safer now than they were during those periods.

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