20 Abduction and Kidnapping Prevention Tips Recommended By Law Enforcement Experts
- Teach kids to run away from dangerous situations. They should be instructed that any person or thing invading their personal space could potentially be dangerous. Show them how to yell loudly and run away.
- Show children what to do if a car follows them and safe places to go if someone makes them feel unsafe.
- Do not let your kids go places alone. Always supervise your children and make sure there is someone with them in stores, restrooms, parks and other public places.
- Always know where your kids are and who they are with. Remind them to never to take anything from a stranger. Teach them to make loud noises and run away to a trusted adult if someone they do not know approaches them.
- Teach your children about safety and advise them about preventative measures they can take to help safeguard themselves.
- Know the friends and families of kids that your child spends time with.
- Be sure to pay attention to your kids. If you do not listen to them, they could be vulnerable to someone who will.
- Practice “what if” scenarios with your kids to make sure they understand how things could happen in real situations.
- If you do not have one, consider installing an alarm system in your home with a camera monitoring system. Some alarm companies have options where the camera feed can be sent directly to your cell phone.
- Be sure you have solid deadbolt locks, and the landscaping around your home does not give people a place to hide. Ensure gates are secure and there is bright exterior lighting around your home. Be sure windows close and lock and ladders have been stored.
- Prepare an emergency plan to get everyone out of your home. The plan should include what could happen in case of an intruder. Take time to periodically practice the plan.
- Show your children how to set the alarm and check that doors and windows are locked.
- Have a list of phone numbers for people that can be contacted in an emergency. Designate a primary advisor in case of an emergency.
- Practice “what if” scenarios, so your kids will not panic in emergencies. Know where local hospitals are and how to get to them quickly.
- Show kids both emergency and non-emergency numbers to reach your local law-enforcement offices.
- Do complete screening and reference checks on anyone you hire to work in your home.
- Vary daily routines and habits. Continuously taking the same routes on errands or to school can expose you and your children to anyone who might be watching you.
- Be discreet about possessions, personal habits and information. Secure personal information by getting a post office box or secured box for mail.
- Never give out computer passwords and change these on a regular basis. Do not use children’s names or pet names for passwords.
- If you feel that you or your children are being stalked, report this information to law-enforcement authorities immediately. It is far better to err on the side of caution then to ignore critical signs that your family’s safety is compromised.
Any and all advice contained herein is intended only to assist parents and families of missing and abducted children. For more tips and advice, contact your local law enforcement or FBI office.
About The National Academy for Child Abduction Prevention Associates, LLC:
Founded in 2013 by Roy M. Doppelt, Esq., the National Academy for Child Abduction and Prevention Associates, LLC is an Academy of family law attorneys advocating prevention of child abduction through public education and professional collaboration. We believe that educating the public about kidnapping and its prevention is a paramount duty of attorneys who represent family law clients.