Teaser: This Month’s Summary
October has seen established trends endure across the reporting period, with Nigeria continuing to dominate reporting despite continued efforts on behalf of security forces and the targeting of foreign nationals in South Africa posing a concern. Across North America, regional police forces echo warnings of increased instances of virtual kidnapping, whilst the high-profile abduction of a young girl dominated headlines. Reporting from Asia continues to be impacted by the prevalence of gambling-related kidnappings, whilst the influence of wider geopolitical turmoil has been evident in reporting form the Middle East. The targeting of vulnerable members of society is evident across the regions, with an uptick in reported attempts to abduct minors across Europe.