Understand how your own behaviors can impact the risks you are exposed to. If you are a local national living in Mexico, an expat working in the country, or just traveling on a quick trip, you face different threats based on your level of exposure. Kidnapping for Ransom and Extortion (KRE) expert Garry Vardon-Smith discusses how to mitigate your risk of being kidnapped in Mexico.

In this podcast, you'll learn:

  • What factors drive kidnapping in Mexico such as migration, crime, conflict between cartels, and more
  • How to mitigate risk and minimize the threat of being a target
  • Kidnap trends in Mexico including an increase in light kidnapping and express kidnapping
  • How local law enforcement may be involved in kidnaps
  • The threat level to various profiles including foreign nationals, dual-nationals, expats, and travelers


It's important to develop your risk profile on the potential for kidnapping before leaving home. Verify the identity of business contacts and associations before conducting travel or meeting in person. Arrange for airport pick-up with identity verification methods agreed upon ahead of time. Garry Vardon-Smith says it's easy to be prepared when traveling for business but people may let their guard down when traveling for pleasure. One should be aware of their surroundings and know what the criminal threat is in Mexico whether there for business or leisure. 


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