Tiger kidnap: an elephant in the room or a realistic threat?

Moy, Michael (2015) Tiger kidnap: an elephant in the room or a realistic threat? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Tiger Kidnap has been around for some thirty years in the United Kingdom. The phrase tiger kidnap essentially means to hold hostage ones friends or family in order to force a person to behave as instructed by the kidnappers. Often, the victim involved is unwillingly partaking in some form of major criminal activity and his/her actions are being dictated to by the kidnappers. Whilst in the United Kingdom tiger kidnap has yet to establish itself with organised criminal groups, it is somewhat more prominent throughout Ireland, Europe and the rest of the World.
    This thesis aims to investigate and critically examine the criminal tactic known as a tiger kidnap by identifying the varying degrees of knowledge and different approaches undertaken from those within the UK CVIT industry, focusing on both levels of response, types of training and responses to tiger kidnappings. Furthermore it will look to improve on current best practice, demonstrating areas for improvement in both training and general awareness from the perspectives of those who could potentially be involved in a tiger kidnap situation. From the research there are ultimately three main points that the research will look to underpin; the nature of the risk, range of mitigating measures and how to improve responses to a tiger kidnap.
    Both current and past research focuses heavily on general kidnaps for ransom. Because of this there is a distinct lack of understanding towards tiger kidnappings, thus therefore illustrating the need for this study. The primary research consisted of 13 structured interviews containing 11 questions, secondary data comes in the form of information gathered from past tiger kidnappings within the UK, and where appropriate relevant industry data. Participants were chosen from various different organisations, although it is recognised that some participants originate from within the same industry sector. All participants were chosen due to the potential risk of their organisation and employees suffering from a tiger kidnap. The interviews themselves focus predominantly on the level of knowledge of the interview subjects by asking questions around their current practices and areas for improvement.
    The diverse organisational backgrounds and varying degrees of knowledge that the interview subjects have, give the potential for the interviews to produce varying degrees of results and areas of debate. Such areas of debate are likely to centre around mitigating factors and areas of improvement in tiger kidnap strategy, from both an industry and Police perspective.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 12:30
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2016 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20300

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