Safety Tips to Avoid Youth Abduction
Unfortunately, the newspapers and TV channels are full of reports of abduction cases and missing children. Youth abduction is a growing menace and parents are often worried about loved ones being kidnapped. Nowadays, it has become even more important to exercise caution so as to prevent such mishaps. Both parents and children ought to know of practices that will keep such danger at bay. It is essential to educate youngsters about potential danger from associating with strangers and to know how to keep out of harm's way. Here are some safety tips that are useful in avoiding the threat of abduction.
For starters, always travel in the company of other people going in the same direction. Whether taking a walk in your neighborhood or going to school, traveling with other people is always safer than going by yourself. And if someone does approach you during transit, you should keep in mind to never allow strangers the chance to talk to you. Stay on guard when a stranger attempts to stop you-be prepared to walk or run away. Never get lured in with pleas of help or beguiling conversation. And regardless of your age or circumstances, you should never accept an offer of a ride from a stranger.
Be watchful of anyone stalking you or following you on foot. Stay aware of your surrounding so you can immediately sense anything out of the ordinary and be prepared to run to safety, such as a neighbor's house or a crowded place. Remember, you always significantly increase your safety when amongst a crowd. While driving, if you suspect that you are being trailed by a car, make a u-turn and go in the opposite direction. If you are still followed, then take a path that you know will be safe or driver directly to the nearest police station.
Always be alert. Even if a stranger tells you that there is an emergency or that a family member is hurt and in the hospital, don't readily believe this. Walk away and check with your family. This is a common trick used by many kidnappers.
Parents play a vital role in enforcing a set of rules and establishing do's and don'ts for their kids. Make sure your children follow such rules at all times and never become lax in observing them. In addition, neighborhood watch groups should be organized to help residents be prepared to tackle emergency situations and help watch over one another. This should include having a place other than your home, where children feel safe to knock and enter if they feel unsafe during your potential absence. Overall, always pay attention to your instincts-never ignore any internal warning signals.