- The Velcro Technique – Everyone knows what Velcro does and how it works. Demonstrate for your kids how to make like Velcro: Grab and hold onto something and do not let go. Show them how to grab a tree, a bike, a sign post, or something else to prevent being carried away. This technique makes it harder for the abductor to pull a child away in an attempted abduction.
- Stranger Danger Technique – Take your children somewhere where they can practice yelling as loud as they can. Show them how to yell as loudly as possible “Stop, Stranger!” Teach them what a stranger is and that anyone who is not their mother or father is a “stranger” if they are trying to take them somewhere without permission.
- Windmill or Swimming Technique – Help your children to practice rotating their arms in a big circle, preventing a would-be attacker from getting a grip on them. This position turns attackers arms inside out so they have a harder time grabbing hold of your child.
- The Noisemaker Technique – Again, take your children to a safe place where they can practice making as much noise as possible. Show them how to nake a lot of noise in as many ways as possible. Give them a whistle and teach them to blow on it anytime that they might be in danger. Show them how to grab other items bang on things, scream, be loud and call attention to themselves in any way they can to get help. Lots of noise can frighten an abductor and possibly shift the balance of power, allowing your child to escape.
- Car Escape Techniques – Experts suggest that there is a three-hour window of opportunity if an abductor manages to get your child into a car. Moreover, in many cases, the abductor usually does not hurt the child immediately. Consequently, experts believe that there is time to escape if your child remembers and is able to practice these methods of escaping:
- Practice showing your child how to reach for the door and try to get out of the car as soon as possible when they are put into a vehicle.
- Instruct your child to never be passive. If they are put into a four-door car, show them how they can jump in the backseat and try the backdoors quickly.
- Teach your child that if they are placed in a trunk, they should never panic. Show them how to look for a panel in the trunk that might come out when it is pulled or kicked. Instruct them on how to tear out wires to tail-lights and brakes. Removing or causing these parts to malfunction can potentially cause police to pull the abductor over.
For more information about child abduction, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, your local law enforcement or FBI office.
Any and all advice contained herein is intended only to assist parents and families with abduction of children. Nothing suggested in this article should substitute for common sense, police direction or other professional advice.
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.