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Children around the world are vulnerable to kidnapping. Every country reports a significant number of kidnapping cases every year. Here are some signs that will help you identify a kidnapper.
A stranger asking for a helping hand
If a stranger asks for a child’s help opening a car door because they are carrying weight in their hands, finding their keys, or a pet, it is definitely a danger sign. An average person would never ask for help from unfamiliar kids but instead, ask an adult to help him.
As children are always taught to help elders, they readily fall prey to their plan.
Unusual child behavior
A child would cry and misbehave with a kidnapper. If you see that your child is misbehaving with a stranger, make sure you have a close look at them so that the kidnapper knows that you have seen their face clearly.
Capture suspicious people
Strangers who visit the play areas are likely to be kidnappers. These strangers tend to play with children and establish friendships with them. Even if you are in doubt, make sure you capture their photographs in their consensus so that they know that you have a picture of them with you.
If a stranger asks your kid to come with them in their car or house so they can give them a gift or candy, beware of such people as ordinary people would never ask unfamiliar kids to come with them in their car or house!
Appearing as your friend
Remember that a kidnapper has done his homework before choosing their prey. They know through social media or other sources that who your friend is and who has gifted your child a bag or bicycle on their birthday.
They would use such information to appear as your friends towards your child and would easily kidnap them. This is the clearest sign of a kidnapper.
Asking a child for directions
If you see that an adult has parked their car near a child and is asking them for directions and offering them to come in the car, this is a clear sign of a kidnapper! An average person would ask directions from grownups and police or use GPS.
A free ride
A kidnapper can easily make young boys prey on them by offering a free ride on a bike. Do you see why anyone would provide a strange kid a free ride?
Some kidnappers appear as producers and photographers looking for talented and beautiful kids in playgrounds and play areas. Such people are kidnappers as actual producers would look for child artists in schools, not on the roads.
Beware as such people would ask your child to come along with them to have some photographs. Kids would readily accept it as they promise fame.
no one would ever recognize false police. In this case, even adults have fallen prey to false police. Fake police take kids along. The fake police threaten the kids that they have done a wrong deed and shall be brought along. A true policeman would always complain to parents.
Notice your child
A kidnapper would never disclose his name and would ask a kid to call them by different names such as Miss, ma’am, and Mister. Be careful if your child is calling some adult by such names. If you see a child going with an adult and the child is not taking the name, you might inquire and prevent kidnapping.
If the age gap between the child and adult is noticeable, the kid will likely be kidnapped. Look for more clues and prevent a kidnap!