All I'm saying to people is, don't stress about it, the odds are pretty remote. Some folks I know get really, really worried about things like stranger abduction, out of all proportion to the actual risk.
(Actually, I should mention that the odds are pretty remote in Australia. I knew a lady in NZ who'd emigrated there from South Africa, after having to shoot two guys who were trying to kidnap her children from outside their school. YMMV depending upon where you live. A good hint is that if you find yourself needing a handgun on the school run, it might be time to move.)
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24-01-2014 11:22 #11
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24-01-2014 11:32 #12
It might sound strange as well but when I was in primary my parents and I had to "code word" it was the name of breed of dog. But of anyone other than them tried to pick me up from school they had to know the word. So noone could turn up the say "oh your mums been in an accident quick come with me"
Some might think it silly and over protective but my dad's ex friend actually tried to pick up me and 2 of my friends once.
The word stopped by from going with him and since then ther has been some rather horrible information found out about him so I'm glad we had the word rule in place.
As for the statistics, I'm sure they are out. I heard of quite a few strangers (assumed) attempting abduction around the brisbane area.
I won't be risking it with DSS. We have a code word and his names always in a easy to find spot that isn't obvious to everyone. As OP said usually on the inside of hia bag strap.
24-01-2014 11:34 #13
24-01-2014 11:43 #14
Actual and attempted abductions are the same thing IMO. the intentions behind an attempted abduction would be just as shady as an actual abduction. The only difference is one was able to get free before being taken.
24-01-2014 11:43 #15
24-01-2014 12:18 #16
I know of 3 attempted abductions in the last 6 months all were issued with a police warning on local pages. 1 an 8 year old girl who was almost dragged into a ute walking to school. 2,a 9 year old girl who was approached by a man on her walk home from school and 3rd scariest of all a friends 12 year old son was approached just outside his school gate after school by a man calling him over from a car. The man must have heard his name when his friends were calling out to him. This guy told him he was a friend of his mums from work and she had sent him to pick him up because she had gotten caught up at work. He became quite insistent he should come with him and when he didn't want to, he got out of the the vechile. Luckily he was smart and walked away and rang his mum who then had the police come out to talk to them. Extremely frightening. The police said not to ever put names on anything visible, especially for younger kids because it is likely to make them trust more.
Not saying you should over worry and of course you have to teach stranger danger skills to children but attempted abductions DO happen. The recent 3 I know of we're in quite wealthy areas with low crime rates. Might be rare but they do actually happen.
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24-01-2014 14:49 #17
Again, attempted abductions: the stats I found only pertained to actual abductions. Which is why I'm trying (and failing) to find a good source of statistics on this risk.
Sorry skim reading due to chasing bub around the floor lol :
The code word thing is that cool I recon. Plus when I was a kid it made me feel cool that you ha a code word. *SUPER SPY*
24-01-2014 16:24 #18
My child doesn't walk to and from school, perhaps if he did I would worry that bit more but I have no reason to be that paranoid and besides which, we live in a small town, a close knit community and there has been no attempted abductions ever so I don't worry at all about it.
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24-01-2014 16:41 #19
It's not about being paranoid Kimberlygal. It's about taking precautions.
@anewme, thanks for posting this. I think it's pretty good advice -not only for abductions, but for those disgusting child predators that look for any way to entice young children to secluded areas.
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27-01-2014 07:51 #20
When this came up in my news feed this morning I thought I would share.
Please if you know this woman or car call the police.
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