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Norwegian employees at risk from kidnappers. Security officials urge businesses across Norway to be on guard against “Tiger Kidnapping”. “Tiger kidnapping” is an offence in which abduction forms part of a robbery, murder, or any other crime. The victims and, for example their family, are people interesting to the culprits but who can only be returned after the criminals make a series of demands. Though unfamiliar in Norway, it is a potential threat to business workers. One of the victims, security advisor Larsen Sæklingstad, urges Norwegians to be vigilant after kidnappers threatened to kill his family if he did not cooperate.

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Norwegian employees at risk from kidnappers

Published on Wednesday, 31st August, 2011 at 12:02 under the news category, by John Price   .

Security officials urge businesses across Norway to be on guard against “Tiger Kidnapping”.

Kidnapper looking tough
Kidnapper looking tough
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Tiger kidnapping” is an offence in which abduction forms part of a robbery, murder, or any other crime. The victims and, for example their family, are people interesting to the culprits but who can only be returned after the criminals make a series of demands.

Though unfamiliar in Norway, it is a potential threat to business workers. One of the victims, security advisor Larsen Sæklingstad, urges Norwegians to be vigilant after kidnappers threatened to kill his family if he did not cooperate.

“My family and I had to live under police protection for a while. We moved around in Norway and lived at various cover addresses, as well as abroad for a shorter period. I am passionate about this after it happened because I did my job. I do not want people in the industry to experience such things,” he said to NRK.

An example of a well-known “Tiger Kidnapping” event in Norway was the 2004 NOKAS robbery in Stavanger, which proved to be a wakeup call for other businesses in the country.

“Criminal groups in Europe have already demonstrated this. The NOKAS case raised the bar quite high in Norway compared to ability, willingness, and capacity. One should, therefore, take this type of crime into account,” said Arne Røed Simonsen, a senior advisor at the Norwegian Business and Industry Security Council (NSR), to NRK.

Warning the public of similar incidents abroad, he adds, “As far as we are aware, it has happened in France, Belgium, England and Ireland.”

UK authorities have been alerted to this in the last few years. One example of a famous case was the kidnapping of Colin Dixon and his family as part of the 2006 Securitas robbery, allegedly the biggest cash robbery in British history.

In 2008, company Control Risks’ senior consultant James Lewry told the BBC, “People have been roughed up during tiger kidnappings and I fear that it's only a matter time before someone is seriously injured or killed in one. The increase in the rate of tiger kidnappings within recent years is believed to be attributable to a hardening of physical security standards while overlooking the important human factor.”

The NSR suggests businesses must act quickly in order to prevent such crimes.

“The easiest and biggest pitfall is to shelter behind the idea that it it won’t affect your business because it is so scary and complex. This is a poor consolation if your company is exposed to this type of crime,” their document says.



Published on Wednesday, 31st August, 2011 at 12:02 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: tigerkidnapping, norwegianbusinesses.





  
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