1. Self Awareness
[Five Ways to Avoid Being Kidnapped and Held for Ransom]
Most kidnap and ransom situations can be avoided with a little self-awareness. Being aware of who you are, where you’re going, and how others might perceive you when you get to your destination can make a big difference.
Do not standout by wearing clothes and jewelry that are culturally inappropriate and draw attention to you. Observe others and blend in as much as possible. Even when provoked, avoid offensive gestures or threatening comments towards strangers. Constantly reevaluate your surroundings and the people around you. Don’t wear headphones or be consumed with your cell phone unless you’re in a familiar place or a secure area.