Lesson: Indicators & Warnings

Lead Instructor: Alon Stivi
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Kidnapping and abductions are not random or unpredictable. The vast majority of kidnappers have provided distinct Indicators & Warning (I&W) that were ignored or misunderstood. In order to avoid a kidnapping, it is imperative that we know what to look for and how to report it.

This can be done successfully by adhering to Best Practices addressed in this lesson.

Lesson Specs


  1. Watch the Lesson
  2. Take notes on key aspects
  3. Bookmark key points in the Lesson
  4. Ask questions on the Forum
  5. Use Lesson resources to supplement your knowledge

Lesson Chapters

  1. Behavioral Indicators
  2. Hostile Surveillance Indicators
  3. Ambush Areas & Triggers

Alon Stivi

Alon Stivi is the CEO of Direct Measures International (DMI), a provider of in security consultancy, tactical training and protective services to the private and public sectors. He is a recognized authority on security, dignitary protection, travel safety, counterterrorism, mass violence prevention and survival.

He is the founder of ACT Cert® (Attack Countermeasures Training Certification) online learning university and the developer of the Mass Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival course, the only training program of its kind certified and funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Alon has emigrated to the U.S. from Israel after serving in an elite unit of the IDF. He is a combat veteran of the 1982 Lebanon War and has trained troops for combat in the areas of small unit tactics, airborne operations, close combat and emergency medicine.