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 and ransom.)

Source:  Corina Pons & Randall Woods, “Venezuelan Ransom Funds Hedge Against Kidnaps as Vote Looms,” Bloomberg, April 11, 2013.