Published on September 17th, 2014 | by Franklin Recio
In part one of Kidnapping: The Social Impact, I provided background on the organized crime of kidnapping as a growing evil-industry by detailing the problem itself and its reach worldwide. Part two, while not detail-heavy for confidentiality reasons, describes a particular example of how the Mexican government has been able to combat kidnapping in their country with the help of mediation solutions.
The official number of kidnappings is recorded by the Ministry of Interior and they indicate that in 2013, there were over 1583 reported kidnappings in Mexico. On the other hand, the official statistics institute of Mexico (INEGI) made a national poll about public security last September, and in their report, they estimate that in 2013 there were 105,682 kidnappings. What’s responsible for this difference? Well in many cases, the victims pay the ransom and the criminals walk away. But when talking about a country of 115 million human beings; the size of the problem is quite enormous. I had the opportunity to witness the policeman work on a kidnapping case first hand. While I cannot share many details about it or the time frame, I can say that it was adrenaline-filled. And I could clearly see that the tools, the training and the experience of the people in charge made all the difference. As everyone knows, a kidnapping case has to run against the clock, every minute counts, every event provides a full set of information and the possibility that something goes wrong is always present. But fortunately in this case, five suspects were caught and the victim became free.
How Governments Tackle the Problem
Part of the solution involves performing surveillance on calls related to the cases as mandated by the law. Fortunately this country has already setup a state of the art mediation system that allows the agents to gain access to information in near real time. Core to this system is the Xcipio umbrella mediation that can simultaneously connect to multiple network elements and process the information to the back office. This is all done with the security that only a court of law can start the process and it is also done with minimal human intervention, so that the entire process is efficient. We can also say it’s effective because the final product and information gets delivered to the agents, and they get to perform the investigation and make decisions that have life or death consequences. We all know these crimes should not be tolerated, and our hats are off to the agents and investigators that work on cases like the above. Their job is not easy. They deal with enormous amounts of information for a case, running against the clock and they have to make sense of all of that, to connect the dots and solve the puzzle. In reality, we’re not talking about puzzles, or needles in the haystack. We’re talking about real people in very serious situations. Unfortunately, there are people who get together to do wrong as if it was an industry. But we as a society can count on the heroic policeman and the security organizations that are willing to go the extra step, to take the bull by the horns and save lives.
SS8 takes the value chain of the information very seriously, and provides as much help as possible to the law enforcement organizations in the best way according to the law. Our solutions bolster the agencies with state of the art systems that enable them to combat the crimes of the twenty first century. We all are thankful to the bold organizations that work around the globe to fight against organized crime. By providing innovative solutions such as the Xcipio Mediation Platform, which automates much of the information flow across different network elements, and delivering the right data, in the right format, in real time, to the analysis systems, SS8 is helping this world become a safer place. And the government officials now understand more about the causes and new ways to tackle the serious problem of kidnapping.
About SS8 Networks
SS8 provides Lawful Intelligence platforms. They work closely with leading intelligence agencies, communication providers, law enforcement agencies and standards bodies and their technology incorporates the methodologies discussed in this blog. Xcipio® is already proven to meet the very high demands of 5G and provides the ability to transcode (convert) between lawful intercept handover versions and standard families. Intellego® XT natively supports ETSI, 3GPP and CALEA handovers, as well as national variants. Intellego XT’s MetaHub component is a best-in-class data analytics tool. Both product portfolios are used worldwide for the capture, analysis and delivery of data for the purposes of criminal investigations.
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