What does “Proof of Life” mean?
It is helpful to understand the reason behind the “Proof of Life” tactic and to be able to identify situations when it can or should be used as a helpful instrument. The “Proof of Life” provision is made for unmistakable evidence that the hostage is alive.
It is a natural action for any concerned family or company, as well security consultancy to take. It is my experience that emotions can sometimes drive a family or company to overlook its significance at the onset of a negotiation. By identifying the need to demand “Proof of Life” in the first communication with the kidnappers, the response consultant is beginning the process of a rational and a controlled decision-making. A successful confirmation of “Proof of Life” provides the first indication that there is an element of control that can be exercised over the kidnappers. The demand for “Proof of Life”, perhaps accompanied by a convincing willingness to cooperate with the kidnappers / criminals, signals preparedness to negotiate. “Proof of Life” also provides a confirmation throughout the case that negotiators are dealing with the right kidnap and criminal gang. In the eyes of the kidnapper, “Proof of Life” gives also a value to the ransom being offered and the work that has been done to acquire it. The demand for “Proof of Life” will often result in the kidnappers asking questions of the hostage, an action that demonstrates to the hostage that the release is being negotiated, thus providing early reassurance.
Keywords: KRE, Kidnap, Ransom, Extortion, K&R, Hijacking, Wrong Detention
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