S & A’s Guide: How to Avoid Being Kidnapped

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Even with modern technology and law enforcement, are we all truly safe from abductions?

In modern times, just because we feel safe, does not mean we are safe. Around 460,000 missing child reports are filed each year. Even though the odds are in your favor, (1 in 300,000) does not mean you shouldn’t be concerned about being kidnapped. In this article, you will read about dozens of ways you can keep yourself and you’re child safe from kidnappings.

Some of the smartest ideas, as described by kidshealth.org, are to “Have ID-like photos taken of your kids every 6 months and have them fingerprinted”. Just because you know somebody, does not mean that they can’t/won’t kidnap you. Around 75% of all missing kids were taken by a family member or acquaintance. The most common reason that kids are abducted is because of custody arrangements.

One of the most essential rules is you should never take anything from somebody you don’t know. If you are approached by somebody and they ask you for assistance or tell you to do something do not listen to them. Always remember that adults never ask children for help unless they plan to do something malicious. If in public, try to raise awareness of the situation at hand. Scream for help by saying simple things like “Help me!” or  “Somebody is trying to kidnap me!”.

If none of the previous steps work, and the situation intensifies, these are the things you need to remember. If you are kidnapped, you need to follow all instructions given. If the captor attempts to drug you (to cause unconsciousness) you should take it. Remember that being harmlessly put to sleep is better than being beaten to sleep. When you awake, (or if you were awake, to begin with), try to memorize critical information such as turns, smells, landmarks and turns to help you identify a location.

If you are interrogated, you should only use information that will not be used against you. Don’t antagonize the person holding you hostage as this will most likely end badly for you. Once you have reached a temporary or final destination noaa.gov recommends that you “Notice the details of the room, the sounds of activity in the building and determine the layout of the building by studying what is visible to you. Listen for sounds through walls, windows, or out in the streets, and try to distinguish between smells.”

You also should get to know your captor, in the sense that you should memorize their nationality, gender, hairstyle/color, accent(s), clothes, or anything that could help police identify them. Noaa.gov says that you need to know you’re captors, and to try to “Memorize their schedule, look for patterns of behavior to be used to your advantage, and identify weaknesses or vulnerabilities.” you might be able to later use these as opportunities for an escape.

If you are found, by some sort of law enforcement officer and negotiations are made, Follow these rules and you will most likely survive the rescue attempt. If authorities enter the building do not run. Drop to the floor and remain still, running may be seen as a hostile act by law enforcement, and you may be considered as a terrorist. Wait for instructions from law enforcement, and then obey all instructions. Do not be upset if you are searched, handcuffed, or detained. Just simply obey all instructions and cooperate until the confusion clears up. Medium.com states that if a rescue attempt is made you should “Lay on the ground with your arms out above your head (if possible), if not stand/sit with your head bowed.”