I look forward to talking with you Monday morning on child safety. For your listeners, there are voluminous resources and information on the internet addressing child abduction and child safety. Your listeners who do not have computer access, can contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Arlington, VA.
Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
As you know, this type of predator crime is a parent’s worst nightmare. From a police standpoint, this type of crime is difficult to investigate and almost impossible to solve.
According to “Newsweek” Magazine, abduction is the number one topic among third-graders. “Time” Magazine reports that one in 42 children will become a missing during their childhood.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that: There are over four million child molesters residing in the U.S.
A typical molester will abuse between 30 and 60 children before they are arrested - and as many as 380 during the molester's lifetime.
Most victims are young women between the ages of eleven and nineteen. They are usually middle-class children from a stable home and are taken within two miles of their home.
Most of these types of abductions involve some type of sexual activity.
The Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) completed a study concluding that the most typical victim of a child abduction murder is an eleven-year-old white female from a middle class neighborhood. 70% are female and 80% are less than 14 years-of-age.
The predator in a typical murder abduction case has been arrested for prior offenses against children.
Fifty-three percent of the crimes are sexual in nature.
The abductor is usually a white male, single, and around 27-29 years of age.
They are either unemployed or work in an unskilled job and live alone or with a parent.
At the time of the abduction the predator had a valid reason for being at the scene of the crime and may include, resides near the scene of the crime, some type of social activity or work related duties may have the predator in close proximity to the crime.
Over 57% of this type of abduction was committed as a crime of opportunity.
The main method of abduction in 65% of these incidents was:
· Sudden Assault
· Quick Abduction
In 53% of these crimes the first contact between the victim and the predator takes place in less than 200 feet from the home. Only 5% take place in the victim’s home or yard.
It is essential that police immediately respond upon receiving a report of child abduction.
The Police need to concentrate as many investigative resources and as quickly as possible on these cases. This will enhance the odds a child will be recovered alive and will certainly improve the probability that the predator will be caught.
First, parent should never expose their children to danger by knowingly associating them with people who have a history of deviant or criminal behavior. If that history includes prior crimes against children, then the risk of danger is greatly magnified.
Realize that most parents do not keep an up-to-date photograph of their children nor do they have other means of identifying their children when they are involved in a crisis situation.
It is essential that parent are able to immediately provide positive identification of their children.
Parents need to keep up-to-date photos of their children accompanied by a complete set of finger prints. The complete physical description and with current medical information should be available for authorities. Parents should obtain their children’s DNA as well and store all this information in a safe place.
In order to prevent you children from becoming a victim of child abduction you should provide the following information:
1. Teach them to be a "tough target"
2. Teach them how to spot a stranger that is attempting to use a highly effective trick or ruse in an attempt to abduct them.
3. Make them understand that a predator can be anyone.
4. Teach them how to identify the difference between a message from a family member and a lie told by a predator.
5. Educate your children on how to immediately recognize when they are lost and what to do.
6. Educate your children on how to immediately recognize when approached by a potentially dangerous person.
7. Encourage your children to share secrets and discuss sensitive topics with parents.
8. Condition your children on the proper way to respond in a potentially dangerous situation.
9. Provide physical training on quick maneuvers and get-away techniques (Role Play).
10. Provide safety and security information on an on-going basis.
Depending on the age of your children, talk to them in terms they are familiar with and use day to day. If your children are very young, they may not understand the concept of abduction or kidnapping.
It is important that children know that there are people that live among us that may wish to do them harm and we have no way of knowing who these people are or what they may look like. A bad person looks like anyone else.
A.P.A.P.T. American Parental Abduction resource Support Organization
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Arlington, VA www.missingkids.com
Polly Klass Foundation www.pollyklass.org
Lost Children's Network Missing Children www.lostchildren.org
Kid Printz www.kidzprintz.com the world's largest and most recognized Child Identification Kits.
Beware The Unknown”Making it Fun to Stay Safe" www.bewaretheunknown.com
Angel Safe Foundation http://angelsafe.org Excellent
The majority of my life’s experience has been in law enforcement. I've been a Federal State and County law enforcement officer. I'm am presently a Reserve Captain with the Durham County Sheriff's Office, Detective Bureau and have worked a lot over the years in child exploitation and abduction cases. My company is in the process of developing educational materials for parents on how to they can protect their children and teach them how to protect themselves from predators.
Please feel free to contact me anytime I can serve as a resource for supplying information to your listeners.
Jeff Aldridge, CPP
919-382-8299 - Office
919-309-0528 - Fax