Our Services | Kidnap and Extortion Mitigation

With over 30 years experience, Saladin has the specialist capability of providing kidnap prevention and kidnap response services. The key element in this is the deployment of highly qualified, professional and resourceful men and women. These advisers assist during negotiations, and in the design and implementation of loss prevention programmes.

Saladin also deals with extortion incidents, deploying a member of the global team of consultants to advise and support a client through the wide range of extortion situations.

Saladin maintains an Operations Room in London that is continuously manned. Advisers are on call for immediate deployment following notification of a kidnap or other crisis.

The Background

Kidnapping and extortion has occurred from time to time throughout recorded history. Lloyd's started issuing Kidnap and Ransom policies after the tragic kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. It was however not until after the epochal year of 1968 that terrorists began to use kidnapping as a standard tactic to obtain funds and to generate publicity. Criminal gangs followed their lead when they saw the potential for rich returns.

Initially no ancillary services existed to assist insured persons to reduce their exposure to risk or to advise on the conduct of negotiations after a kidnap. This changed when in 1975 Saladin's Chairman (as he is today) founded the first structured service to assist both insured and uninsured clients, working in particular with the leading Lloyd's underwriter at the time. He and his colleagues devised and codified the procedures and coercive bargaining techniques that have today become widely accepted as standard operating procedures.

The Operatives

Saladin's advisers normally come from a background of a senior position in the British diplomatic or military service; and have been specifically trained in negotiation and management procedures during a crisis. They are therefore men of presence and gravitas, which are essential attributes to give confidence and reassurance to clients. They are fluent in the languages of the countries in which they operate, and have great experience from previous incidents, and knowledge of those countries. Saladin advisers have been deployed in all continents