How to Prepare For And Avoid Banditry And Kidnapping

Course available for 80 days
4.0
6 reviews
Enrolled: 0 students
Lectures: 42

This self-paced online course has been specifically designed from a Nigerian perspective to cater to the types of kidnapping and banditry that are on the rise in Africa and Latin America. The course penetrates the mind and world of the kidnapper to the position of the kidnapped, looking at prevention and survival. Unit 8.7 is a free trial lesson from the curriculum list on the next page.

Kidnapping and banditry are on everyone’s lips. All efforts by the government and law enforcement to stop it are ongoing but insufficient to the extent that suggestions of self-defense have been advocated by senior officials within the government.

But the weapon of defense to lessen your chances of getting kidnapped, or surviving a kidnapping if it occurs, is preventive security training and survival techniques. This should now be considered a part of everyone’s risk-management arsenal, especially for brick and mortar establishments where employees and customers congregate.

How to influence the kidnappers to your advantage and how to relate to angry and violent kidnappers is important in case the narrow chance of getting kidnapped occurs. Today, those odds have increased exponentially. No one should die or be mistreated because they lack basic knowledge of influence psychology.

One’s security training conducted by trained professionals is the key to prevention and survival. You are 99.99% less likely to ever get kidnapped if you understand avoidance through counter-surveillance and counter-reconnaissance, and four times more likely to survive a kidnapping if preventive security training was achieved.

Kidnap preventative training and survival techniques are valuable because it typically includes provisions for providing professional security consultants for preventive training, and if prevention fails, generally provide guidance on kidnap negotiators, who assist in advocating ways for raising ransom or extortion payments. It prevents injury or death of victims during captivity, attempted rescue or release and will guide payments to informants, etc. when a kidnapping occurs, ensuring your survival.

At one point, it was thought of as being a problem only in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. But today, we witness its dominance in the northeast and its increasing spread to the northwest, northcentral, and the southeast. In the southwest, places like Lagos and Ogun state now worry about being kidnapped as much as those in Kaduna and Bornu state. It is all over the place.

The information contained in this self-paced short online course will make it impossible for the learner or anyone close to them to ever get kidnapped or not come out alive in such situations. It is designed for everyone as we believe it can happen to anyone in today’s climate.

There is a BuddyPress Group discussion forum debate on every topic as part of the course with learners from all parts of the country and beyond as participants. And security agents, field practitioners, and previous hostages sharing their experiences through video lessons.

You will never fear being kidnapped again or not surviving if it occurs. Your certificate of completion will enable you to educate others in helping prevent this menace from spreading any further in your region. The more people you educate, the more lives you save, and the fewer opportunities you give the kidnappers to thrive. The war against kidnapping and banditry starts with every one of us.

Individuals, managers, leaders, security personnel in financial institutions, healthcare, entertainment/hospitality, supermarkets, communication providers, civil and public servants, building managers including oil sector workers, and those with staffed branches nationwide are strongly encouraged to take this course.

 

Brief Course Curriculum (refer to curriculum for full details)

⦁ Introduction, Origins of, Criminal Gangs, the Triggers, and Objectives.

⦁ Kidnappers Tactics, Operations, Target Selection, Counter-Recognisance, and Surveillance Avoidance.

⦁ Abductions – Getting Abducted, Planning, Escaping,  Implicating, Distress Calls and SMS, GPS and RF Signals- Preventative Measures

⦁ Detention  – the Location, Your Senses, the Stockholm Syndrome, Keeping Safe Within, Giving and Getting Information, Mental Preparedness, the First Few Days

⦁ Negotiation, Ransom and Release – Kidnapping as an Economic and Political Enterprise, the Family Vs. the Government, Negotiating the Process, Communication, Negotiation as an Art, and Profession. Case study: The Greenfield University Kidnap.

⦁ Detection, Apprehension, and Ransom Payments.

⦁ Security Measures – at the Work, Home, Transit/Road, Hotels, Roadblocks, State of the Art Detection and Prevention Technology.

⦁ Risk Assessment and Crisis Management – Contingency Planning, Government and Law Enforcement, Media Relations, Rehabilitation. National Prevention Strategy.

Module 1

1
Unit 1.1: The origins of Abductions and Kidnappings
20 minutes
No one will ever get kidnapped if they take practical steps to avoid it. And everyone can survive a kidnap if they know exactly what to do. This online course provides you with practical easy to follow steps that will save you and those close to you ever becoming a victim or surviving a kidnap if it occurs.This self-paced online course is designed for Individuals, Managers, Leaders, Security Personnel, Financial Institutions, Healthcare Providers, Building Managers, Entertainment, Hospitality, Supermarkets, ISP's with staffed branches, Civil and Public Servants, Mall Managers including oil Sector Workers, and Tourist visiting Nigeria are strongly encouraged to take this course.
2
Unit 1.2: Types of Criminal Gangs
15 minutes
The greatest threat of abduction and kidnapping is from criminal gangs for monetary gain and not so much for political concessions for political terrorists. The latter was more prevalent in the second half of the last century....
3
Unit 1.3: The Triggers and Objectives for Kidnapping
25 minutes
In Nigeria, kidnap for ransom, kidnap for ritual killing, kidnap for publicity and kidnap for political concessions including all manners of violent crime is on the rise. This is enhanced by...BuddyPress Group Discussion: Criminal Gangs Forum. In what ways do you think the government and its law enforcement agencies can be helped in...
4
End of Unit 1 Quiz:

End of Unit 1 Quiz: Abductions & Kidnappings.

7 Multiple Choice Questions

and

3 True or False Type Questions


5
End of Unit 1 Quizzes on Abductions and Kidnappings
4 questions

End of Unit 1 Quizzes: 3 True or False Type Answers on

Abductions & Kidnappings.


6
Lesson 1

Module 2

1
Unit 2.1: The Kidnappers Tactics
20 minutes
We have a tendency to always feel that such things only happen to other people and not us, and we act in a complacent manner ignoring the things we should do to prevent us from becoming a victim. Anyone can be a victim, especially in...
2
Unit 2.2: Kidnap Operations
15 minutes
For a successful kidnap operation, the following 7 steps must be well planned and successfully carried out.Target Selection
3
Unit 2.3: The Planning Before A Successful Abduction
20 minutes
Good planning leads a kidnap gang to select the best time, place, and method which offers the highest likelihood of a successful abduction and getaway.
4
Unit 2.4: Target selection
45 minutes
A well-organized kidnapping group would usually be selective of the type of person they target. This selection will depend on what the group wants to achieve. If it is for political gain, then publicity will usually be a primary aim. 
5
Unit 2.5: Reconnaissance and Surveillance
1 hour
Once the target has been selected, he or she is placed under surveillance. Surveillance is the second stage and is what will determine a few things the kidnappers must have in place to proceed to stage 3: abduction.This is where the manpower needed to carry out a successful abduction (or robbery) is identified. Things like...
6
End of Unit 2 Quizzes. Tactics
7
End of Unit 2 Quiz:

UNIT 2 QUIZ - TACTICS

6 Multiple Choice Questions

3 True or False Type Questions

1
Unit 3.1: Getting Abducted
15 minutes
It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness, or inexperience… It takes a while to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing. Eleanor Perenyi (2010) ‘Green Thoughts’ A Writer in the Garden, p.65
2
Unit 3.2: Escaping from an Abduction
35 minutes
Defensive or offensive driving to evade ambush probably offers the best chance of escape, but this requires considerable skill and instant judgment. If you were walking or out in the open, looking for that split...
3
Unit 3.3: Implicating the Kidnappers
15 minutes
If a victim is well prepared, there are still things he or she can do at this stage to give leads to would-be investigators or law enforcement. 
4
Unit 3.4: Distress Call or SMS, GPS and RF signals
20 minutes
Did you know that certain phones can be set up to send out a distress message to your next of kin, various contacts, and security agencies once activated on your phone? To do this...
5
End of Unit 3 Quiz:

UNIT 3 QUIZ - GETTING ABDUCTED

5 Multiple Choice Questions

3 True or False Type Questions

6
End of Unit 3 Quizzes. Getting Abducted

1
Unit 4.1: Detention in a Hideout – The Location
15 minutes
Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes besides, you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here. And you must treat it as a powerful stranger. You must ask permission to know it and be known, however straight, or winding, soon or late, they cannot choose. (David Wagner 1878-1917)
2
Unit 4.2: The Heightened Application of the Human Senses
20 minutes
From the moment a victim is abducted to the time they are placed in a hideout, the victim must do all they can to stay alert and aware. Your senses must be awakened. In that time, the victim must try and grasp a sense of time. Time becomes a sense. 
3
Unit 4.3: The First Few Days in Captivity
30 minutes
An effort to recover your calm from the shock of abduction must be a concerted effort......The treatment you get in the first few days is likely to be...The kidnappers may try to exploit your state of shock to establish immediate and total dominance over you. 
4
Unit 4.4: Mental Preparedness
20 minutes
The kidnapped hostage can do a lot and is more likely to do so if he or she has thought it through in advance. The hostage will have more chance of survival if he or she is......Most people don't even think about the possibility of being kidnapped. But there's a slim chance that it may happen to you. This experience is likely to be very traumatic. But if you know how to...
5
Unit 4.5: Keeping Safe Within
35 minutes
Under no circumstance must you try to remove a guard’s mask or show any signs of recognizing them even where you do. But also...
6
Unit 4.6: Giving and Getting Information
15 minutes
You must begin to find your place in the hideout. Mining your captors for information can be helpful.......Some captors may try to convert you to their religion. You do
7
Unit 4.7: The Stockholm Syndrome
25 minutes
The Stockholm syndrome is defined as when hostages or abuse victims bond with their captors or abusers. This psychological connection develops over
8
End of Unit 4 Quiz: Detention in ahideout
9
End of Unit 4 Quiz:

End of Unit 4 Quiz: The Detention Phases

6 Multiple Choice Questions

3 True or false Type Questions

1
Unit 5.1: Kidnapping as an Economic and Political Enterprise
2
Unit 5.2: The Family vs The Government on Publicity & Ransoms
3
Unit 5.3: We don’t Negotiate with… Political Slogan or Public Policy?
40 minutes
...research available concludes that there is no correlation with the none payment of ransoms to kidnappers with a reduction in the rate of kidnappings.The governments' position is that negotiating (talking) with terrorist groups or criminal gangs gives the terrorists and their atrocity a platform that further emboldens them......should we throw the baby out with the dirty bath water...?
4
Unit 5.4: Case Study: The Greenfield University Kaduna Scenario.
40 minutes
Is a policy that makes paying ransom illegal akin to wiping out armed robbery by making it illegal to give muggers your wallet?Can you face the families of hostages and say to them, your children will die because we will not negotiate? And what good is it that this statement of not negotiating or paying a ransom for release is publicised then later reversed?Is there a right time to reconfirm the message, we don't negotiate with terrorists? Could saying it during a hostage situation heighten the risk to hostages?
5
Unit 5.5: Become a Licensed Hostage Negotiator. The Secrets of…
50 minutes
When a family faces a crisis like this, they are usually facing it for the first time. As a result, they may have little idea what to do and may react in a state of shock. This can have a disastrous effect, increasing the risk to a...Playing dumb works. In fact, being helpless works too. Asking “How am I supposed to do that?” is...
6
Unit 5.6: Communications Between the Kidnappers and the Outside World
20 minutes
...It is not uncommon for the kidnappers to ask the hostage to suggest the first person be ...Having contingency plans already set up at home that can respond to the situation based on that planning is...Family members are unsuitable for this role where it is a family member or friend who is the hostage.
7
Unit 5.7: The Negotiator’s Role and Pattern
25 minutes
In kidnappings, negotiation is an art, the art of seeing through the eyes of the kidnapper trying to extort you. In normal circumstances, the best choice for the negotiator is a......this job is not as nice as the title may infer. The negotiator must be willing to do...
8
End of Unit 5 Quiz:

End of Unit Quiz - Negotiations, Ransom & Release

4 Multiple Choice Questions

3 True or False Type Questions

2 Yes or No Type Questions

1
Unit 6:1 Detection
35 minutes
Detectionkidnapping for ransom is a very hard crime to pull off successfully. And for good reason too. The effectiveness of any law enforcement organization relies on...
2
Unit 6.2: Ransom Payments
20 minutes
Ransom paid to criminal gangs is generally between -- and -- percent of the initial ask. Industry professionals shun the drama and manage each situation like a business transaction haggling over the amount of ransom.
3
Unit 6.3: Paying the Ramson & Prospects for Apprehending the Kidnappers.
20 minutes
The time may come when the payment of a ransom offers the best opportunity for the arrest of the kidnappers. It is also a time when the leads to a future arrest are...
4
End of Unit 6 Quiz

4 Multiple Choice Questions

1
Unit 7:1 Security Measures at Work and Home
45 minutes
Security Measures...The Great China wall 1358-1644 is 13,170 miles and was built and fortressed not just for defense, but for border controls. It allowed the imposition of duties on goods transported along the silk road and better control of immigration and emigration. But the Chinese soon learned that no wall is better than building character into your people. The wall guards compromised the essence of the wall by taking bribes.
2
Unit 7.2: Security on the Road.
1 hour
A well-determined bandit or kidnap gang with members in the hundreds would soon be willing to take on convoys, accept their own casualties, but in the process, start abducting high-profile targets 
3
Unit 7.3: Ambush -Road Block or Check Point?
1 hour
How to take some command off the most aggressive gang is by not...Be particularly wary of unexpected ‘road works’ and ‘police check points’ or ’accidents’ that suddenly appear on the route. If suspicious...In the event of an ambush, every attempt should be made to keep the car...
4
Unit 7.4: Security of a Normal Family and Home.
30 minutes
…the rat in the house tells the rat in the bush that there is some fish in the kitchen basket...Any encounters you have while within range of the vehicle's dashcam can be transmitted to another device once connected to...
5
Unit 7.5: Security at and for Hospitality Businesses-Hotel, Bars & others.
40 minutes
Hoteliers should not be slack on security. You could lose your whole outfit and reputation in a twinkle if your premises...Hotels generally are safe places, especially the multinational. But not everyone can afford one of those. Sometimes, a journey from one part of the country to another intended to conclude before dark could find you out in a place where the safest option is to stop over at a hotel till the next day. Some basic security rules to take are...
6
End of Unit 7 Quiz.

End of Unit 7 Questions

5 Multiple Choice Questions

3 True or False t#Type Question.

1
Unit 8.1: Risk Assessment, Crisis Management, Media Relations
40 minutes
But just because an insurance company can pay a ransom does not make the experience any better.The president has essentially conceded that the security forces cannot protect the country on their own...What are those things that can be made a lifestyle habit, do not cost a lot, and can be in place for a long while?
2
Unit 8.2: Contingency Planning.
35 minutes
Some people feel that by planning against something, you are wishing it upon yourself.Contingency planning is kind of like writing a WillMy reverend friend once told me that everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.
3
Unit 8.3: Crisis Management.
30 minutes
It will be urgent to establish secure communications between the negotiator, the police, the government, other law enforcement agencies, and of course, the kidnappers. The overseer should be a different person from the negotiator and the person with the final say on matters...Establishing if the kidnappers are the real ones and asking for proof of life of the hostage are the first steps with the kidnappers. The kidnappers must prove that their spokesperson has the authority and control of the operation and the only way to do that is by providing proof of life not by recorded messages but the real proof of life through...
4
Unit 8.4: Cooperation with Government and Law Enforcement:
30 minutes
How do you fight crime where a bandit can be apprehended several times in various cities without any immediate record obtainable at every local police station or post?A central criminal record system is necessary. This system takes records of convicted criminals, persons awaiting trial, petitions tendered, and anyone arrested on suspicion of a crime. Anyone that commits a crime while on bail results in a denial of bail.Citizens can perform a soft search of individuals coming into their community to know who is and doing what? The government must adopt the name and shame method immediately to slam the brakes on the current rise of criminality.
5
Unit 8.5: Media Relations
55 minutes
It appears that publicly raising money for ransoms through social media outlets will become...Kidnapping is a very exciting story for the press, it’s a sad story, a family’s misery, a law enforcement story, a governments’ story, it has all the ingredients of...
6
Unit 8.6: Rehabilitation of the Hostage Afterward.
20 minutes
…some individuals … experience their victimization as a personal affront to their pride. Their feelings are compounded by their perception that society is indifferent to their plight. They embrace their feelings of rage and injustice, constantly seek reparations, even revenge, for their victimization. In this sense, they will ...
7
Unit 8.7: NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE CESSATION OF ABDUCTIONS, BANDITRY AND SEPARATIST AGITATIONS
30 minutes
Tribalism has caused more economic harm and lives than the coronavirus has in the same period. Yet we wear masks and revere the coronavirus without any attempt to curb or educate on Tribalism.The definition of 'leaders' is broadened to include politicians and public servants and identifies this latter group as the fox that looks like a dog, behaves like a cat, and milks the cow before dawn...The Strategy highlighted the three causative factors that, once solved, will eliminate all the other attendant vices associated with insecurity and economic stagnation.
8
End of Unit 8 Quiz:

End of Unit Quiz

7 Multiple Choice Questions

5 True or False Type Questions

This is a self-paced course. You can start once you have registered and purchased the course.
Yes. Through any GT Bank /GTCO branch in your country by transfer or in a branch. On the payment list, select the account number for the currency you want to pay in. For Instance, in Nigeria, it's the Naira (₦) Account Number 0653018912 to PS2 Education. Make sure you enter in the payment reference column the course code and your name and the course code (PABK) for the Kidnap and Banditry course. See below for conversion rates.
In Naira, it is £1 to ₦750. Multiply the course fee by ₦750 to get the Naira equivalent. If paying in US$, the conversion rate is £1 to $1.45. Multiply the course fee by $1.45. for the Euro, the conversion rate is £1 to €1.20. Multiply the course fee by €1.20. Contact admin@ps2.education If the local currency conversion in your country is not displayed.
Yes. In the payment schedule, select wire transfer, then select the currency you want to pay in. Our transfer account details for the UK will show. The swift code for users in African countries is GTBINGLA. Select the currency you want to pay in, e.g., US$, GPB£, or Naira and proceed with your payment. Make sure you enter the course code PABK in the payment reference and your full name
Unfortunately, the pay-by-instalment option is not available for this course.
It is a 22-hour course. We recommend you spend an average of 11 hours a week. However, You can study in your own style and time until you finish. You will have access to the course for 120 days from the date of purchase.
You will have access to the course for 120 days from the date of purchase. In that time you can print or save the material subject to copyright rules.
You get a Certificate of Completion. This enables you to teach others on the subject matter, save lives and be enlisted in your region as a kidnap and banditry advocate for the prevention of further abductions. But most of all, you get to know how to avoid being abducted, and what to do if it ever happens to you or anyone close to you. Plus the added confidence knowing how to deal with all issues relating to the field.
We hope that in this instance, you are able to return within the 120 day period. In the unlikely event that this does not happen, please apply for a 2-week extension by emailing admin@ps2.education.
Not on this course. Textbooks can be expensive costing between £50 - £150 for some courses. They are also difficult to get delivered to some locations in the world, especially in Africa. We have taken this into account and will provide you with any textbook or reading material for all our courses. You are supplied with all "essential" references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to get any extra books outside our recommendations.
You are automatically added to the Buddy Press Discussion forum on registration and payment of the course. You will be allocated to a group. Certain debate questions during the course are discussed on the forum with specialists and other learners from across a wide spectrum. You will be learning with students from your country and across the world with different mindsets and approaches to issue. It is very interactive and a great fun source for learning
Print publications will be made available on request. However, there is a USB version available for offline study
The course is straightforward and easy to understand. We have used plain English all through. As long as you have a good command of the English language, you will find this course easy. But don't worry if you struggle a little bit with English. We are preparing versions in four (4) different Nigerian Languages and will be available soon. Also, an animated video version will be out soon in the four Nigerian languages. We recognize that language must not be a barrier to the war against banditry and kidnappings. It is a battle we know we must win.
Two free trial Lesson: Unit1.3 The Triggers and Objectives for Kidnapping and and Unit 8.7 - (A National strategy for the Cessation of Abductions, Banditry, and Separatist Agitations Kidnap Cessation) are free lessons. For Access, click on the Unit 8.7: National Bandit & Kidnap Cessation Strategy (ps2.education) or scroll down to unit 8.7 on the curriculum page and click on the Green Preview button.This course is on Special Offer (£149.99) till the 31st of December 2021. Future versions will be at the full course price of £250.This course will run from the 1st of October 2021 to the 31st of December 2021
4.0
4 out of 5
6 Ratings

Detailed Rating

Stars 5
3
Stars 4
0
Stars 3
3
Stars 2
0
Stars 1
0

{{ review.user }}

{{ review.time }}
 

Show more
Please, login to leave a review
This website uses cookies and asks your personal data to enhance your browsing experience.