Number of Illegal Refineries Destroyed in Nigeria in Early 2013

Security officials in Nigeria reported that they destroyed 748 illegal refineries in the region in the first four months of 2013. In addition to breaking down the refineries, the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta arrested 498 suspects who were involved in oil theft and oil bunkering. 55 suspected kidnappers were also arrested during… Continue reading Number of Illegal Refineries Destroyed in Nigeria in Early 2013

Number of Sea Piracy Attacks in First Quarter of 2013

In the first three months of 2013, there were 66 reported attacks by sea pirates around the world. The number of attacks in the first quarter of 2013 was down 35 percent from the 102 attacks during the first quarter of 2012. Between January to March 2013, there were 5 attacks in Somalia, down from… Continue reading Number of Sea Piracy Attacks in First Quarter of 2013

Number of Kidnappings in Venezuela in 2012

Between 625 to 1,970 kidnappings took place in Venezuela in 2012, according to risk consultancy group Control Risks. The criminal justice system of Venezuela does not keep official statistics on the number of kidnappings, but did report that security officials facilitated the safe return of 413 hostages in 2012. (All threats and intelligence from kidnap… Continue reading Number of Kidnappings in Venezuela in 2012

Ransom Payments Made to Somali Pirates in 2012

Sea piracy off the coast of Somalia was estimated to have cost the global economy between $5.7 Billion to $6.1 Billion in 2012. The total economic costs were 12.5 percent lower than 2011. A portion of the decrease was attributed to the increased security presence in the area. The costs to arm guards travelling on ships increased… Continue reading Ransom Payments Made to Somali Pirates in 2012

Number of People Kidnapped by Terrorists in 2010

According to figures by the United States National Counter-Terrorism Center, there were 6,050 people who were kidnapped and held hostage by terrorists around the world. This figure does not include other forms of kidnapping, such as parental kidnapping. (See the latest intelligence and threats on kidnapping for ransom.) Source:  “Hostage-taking: Trading places,” The Economist, March… Continue reading Number of People Kidnapped by Terrorists in 2010

Kidnappers in Lebanon in 2013

According to intelligence by security service officials in Lebanon, at the beginning of 2013 there were at least 37 active kidnappers who were targeting  members of wealthy families. All of the kidnappers were connected to known crime families and organizations. One member of a kidnapping group told a reporter from GlobalPost that the kidnappers target… Continue reading Kidnappers in Lebanon in 2013

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Earnings from Ransom

According to the United States Treasury Department, the average kidnap for ransom payment to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was $4.5 Million per hostage in 2010. In 2011, the average amount of ransom paid increased to $5.4 Million per hostage. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is based in Mali and operates throughout… Continue reading Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Earnings from Ransom

Worldwide Pirate Attacks in 2012

There were a total of 297 pirate attacks that took place around the world in 2012, according to statistics collected by the International Maritime Bureau. 28 ship vessels were hijacked and 585 crew members were taken hostage and held for ransom during the year. 6 people were killed during the year. Sea piracy off the… Continue reading Worldwide Pirate Attacks in 2012

Average Ransom Demand in 2012

The worldwide average ransom demand in 2012 was reported to be $2 Million, according to Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Over half of the kidnap for ransom demands and activities took place in Asia and Africa, with a quarter of the incidents taking place in Latin America. Back in 2004, 55 percent of the kidnapping… Continue reading Average Ransom Demand in 2012