How to protect your children against abduction

How to protect your children against abduction

It happens in the blink of an eye..

This recently released security footage from a Johannesburg family restaurant — in which a young boy is seen taken by a stranger— is enough to disturb anyone – parent and non-parent alike.

the alarming reality is that in South Africa one child goes missing every five hours. 
“I thought I would never see my family again. They opened the door, grabbed me, put a blanket over my head and then one of the men sat on top of me so I could not move.”  

What YOU should do:

• Know your child’s whereabouts at all times.
• At a very early age, teach your child their name, address and telephone number and your first and last name.
• Teach them how to call 10111 for help.
• Make sure children know how to make local and long distance telephone calls.
• Teach your children to scream as loudly as possible, and that it is okay to do so when afraid.
• Never leave children alone in a car, not even for a few seconds.
• Establish strict procedures for picking up children at school, after movies, at friends’ homes, etc.
• Establish a family code word that only you, your child and a trusted relative or friend knows. Teach your child to ask for the code word when approached by someone offering them a ride.
• Remind your children to never accept a ride from someone you don’t know, even if the child knows them.
• Talk to your children about child abduction in a simple, non-threatening way.
• Listen to your child when he or she discusses anyone they have met or spoken with when you weren’t around.
• Have photographs taken of your children at least four times a year (especially for preschoolers). Make note of birthmarks or other distinguishing features.
• Have your child fingerprinted and store the prints in a safe, easily accessible place in your home.

Teach your children to:

• Never leave home without your permission. Very small children should play only in areas away from the street, such as a backyard, or in a play area supervised by a responsible adult.
• Never wander off, to avoid lonely places, and to avoid shortcuts through alleys or deserted areas. They are safer walking or playing with friends.
• Come straight home from school unless you have made other arrangements.
• Never enter anyone’s home without your approval.
• If accosted by a stranger in a mall, scream ‘This is not my Daddy!’ and get behind the nearest shop counter.
• Scream, run away and tell you or a trusted adult if anyone attempts to touch or grab them, of if a stranger offers them a ride.
• Never give any information over the telephone including their name and address, or indicate they are alone.
• Keep doors locked and admit only authorized people into the house.
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