Evil predators have commenced an all out frenzy, stealing our most precious gifts that God has blessed us with, our children. The recent crime wave of abductions murders commenced with Elizabeth Smart in Utah, who's still missing. Then a couple weeks later, that precious 5 year old with the innocent loving smile, Samantha Runnion was kidnapped and murdered. And of course you know about that 9 year old boy in California where armed men broke into the home hurt the father and disappeared with the boy. Here is a list of how you can protect your children:
1) Have them fingerprinted and submit a DNA swab specimen. Forensic science is incredibly effective and accurate and and could help locate your child even before a kidnapper would have ample time to cause harm to the child. In many cities and even small towns, police departments do this for free.
2) If you are a cell phone family, teach even your youngest child how to use a cell phone, and provide them with one. They may not have a chance to make a call for help if they are abducted. However, if they can throw the phone in the grass in a yard or somewhere at the spot of the attack, it will be known immediately who the abducted child is, and his-her fingerprints will be on the phone. If they can make a quick call to 911 for help, even if a struggle is going on and the phone is destroyed, the 911 call center has the incoming phone number and can pin point the approximate location of the abduction.
3) Teach your children to avoid walking alone. Most kidnappers will avoid contact with a child who is with friends, even one friend. Because he knows that one of the children would likely escape and call for help like what happened in Cleveland, Ohio in August 2002.
4) Express the imperative importance of never going too close to a stranger or his car. Even the nicest and friendliest looking person could be a devil in disguise and we need to teach our children that not all people are bad people, bu there are lots of other people who are. Someone could very easily get a job at Dominos with the lit up sign on their car, wearing the uniform and the whole 9 yards, pull up to a couple kids on the sidewalk to ask for directions or something and then take them by surprise. So it is imperative to teach our children to never get too close to a car. No matter who's driving, Male or Female. No matter how many people are in it. And teach your kids what a real police car looks like. That it will have numbers on it and no license plate.
5) Block Homes. Talk to your neighbors, especially ones who have kids of their own. Establish a safe house system in your community. A house where there is usually someone at home. A house where a stay-at-home mother is there with her children in the day time. Or a house where a retired couple live, who are home most of the time. Teach the children to run to one of these homes and scream loudly all the way to the door if something doesn't seem right.
6) Other basic rules to teach your child: As soon as your child can articulate a sentence, they can begin the process of learning how to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation. They should be taught that if in a public place and get separated from their parents, don't wander around looking for them. Go to a checkout counter, security office, or the lost and found and quickly tell the person in charge that they have lost their mom and dad and need help in finding them.
7) That they should not get into any car or go anywhere with any person unless their parents have told them that it is okey.
8) If someone follows them on foot or in a car, stay away from him or her. And seek help or shelter immediately.
9) Grownups and other older people who need help should not be asking children for them; they should be asking older people.
10) That no one should be asking them for directions or to look for a lost puppy or telling you that your mother or father is in trouble and that he will take you to them.
11) If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away from him or her and yell or scream, "this man is trying to take me away" or "this person is not my father or mother." And better yet, don't scream for help, yell FIRE instead as it will get immediate attention.
12) You should always use the buddy system and never go places alone.
13) Always ask your parents permission to leave the yard or play area or to go into someone's home.
14) Never hitchhike or try to get a ride home with anyone unless your parents have told you it is okey to ride with him or her.
15) No one should ask you to keep a special secret. If he or she doess, tell your parents or teacher.
16) No one should touch in in the parts of the body covered by the bathing suit, nor should you touch anyone else in those areas. Your body is special and private.
17) You can be assertive, and you have the right to say NO to someone who tries to take you somewhere, touches you, or makes you feel uncomfortable in any way.