What are the preventive measures of abduction?
- Stay away from strangers.
- Stay away from anyone who is following you on foot or in a car.
- Run and scream if someone tries to force you to go somewhere with them or tries to push you into a car.
- Memorize a secret code word.
- Adults shouldn’t ask children for help.
What should a child do if abducted? Contact local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities and provide them with your custody order, a physical description of your child, and your child’s most recent photograph. Ask your law enforcement contacts to enter your child as a missing person in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
Where do most child abductions occur? Attempted abductions most often occur on the street while children are playing, walking, or riding bikes. Younger children are more likely to be playing or walking with a parent or an adult whereas school-age children are more likely to be walking alone or with peers.
How do I teach my child about child abduction? Psychologists and safety experts agree that it’s important to talk about kidnapping. Parents should reassure their children that kidnapping is rare, but tell them that it’s important to have a family game plan to stay safe. The message doesn’t have to be scary. Kids can learn about safety in a smart, but gentle, way.