HomeNewsBriefPolice: Colombia Kidnapping Dropped 8% in 2011
BRIEF

Police: Colombia Kidnapping Dropped 8% in 2011

COLOMBIA / 3 JAN 2012 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

Police say that kidnapping is going down in Colombia, even though an office in the Defense Ministry is expected to publish a radically different set of numbers.

According to police statistics, 258 people were kidnapped in Colombia in 2011, down from 282 cases registered in 2010.

Police also noted that common criminals are now carrying out the majority of kidnappings in Colombia, with rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) responsible for just 30 percent of all reported cases.

InSight Crime Analysis

This is trend seen in the past three years. Common criminals have overtaken the FARC as the main abductors. Meanwhile, kidnapping is becoming increasingly prevalent in urban rather than rural areas. 

The other notable trend is that rebel abductions are increasingly focused against workers in the oil industry. Such cases were among the most significant seen las year. In June, rebel group the Revoluationary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) took three Chinese oil workers and their translator captive, who have yet to be released. There were other cases of mass kidnappings in which the FARC briefly held oil workers then released them a few days later, involving contractors who worked for multinationals like Talisman and Occidental Petroleum.

Police kidnap statistics differ sharply from those kept by Fondelibertad, the Defense Ministry office responsible for tracking kidnapping trends. Fondelibertad counted a total of 1,120 kidnap cases in 2010, compared to the police count of 282 cases.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 22 JUN 2022

The ELN have stated their will to engage in peace talks with the upcoming administration of Colombia's president-elect Gustavo Petro,…

COLOMBIA / 13 SEP 2022

President Petro's Total Peace Plan offers high reward but carries equally high risk for criminal groups and for all of…

COLOMBIA / 16 AUG 2022

The ELN and Urabeños are once again battling for control of Bolívar, a northern department of Colombia.

About InSight Crime

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…