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What to do if someone is trying to abduct you
Date: May 18, 2015
By: Donnie Cantwell, Tampa Branch Manager
Nearly 2000 children are reported missing or abducted in the United States everyday, according to the Missouri CHIP (child identification program). While we think often of these as small children, it may surprise you to know that teen abductions are most common. Of the 2000 mentioned, 81% of them were children 12 or older. It is important for every parent to know these tips and teach them to their children. It may, some day, save their lives.
Preventive Life Style: Practice staying safe. Teach your teen that when they are walking in a public place, they need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Don’t listen to music, stop texting and walking. The teen who is unaware of their surroundings is a ripe target for the bad guy.
Plan your reaction ahead of time: Tell your teens what to do in a situation before it happens. Play it out and go over it until they are comfortable with their answers.
Pound the pavement: In other words, run! The best defense is to run away from the encounter. Run and do not stop or look back. Run to a safe place with people all around. While you are running and during the attack, shout out what is happening. Do not just scream, yell out what is happening.
Put up a fight: When you can’t run, and yelling does not work, it is time to fight. Try to carry mace with you and aim for the bad guy’s eyes, it will almost incapacitate them and give you time to get lose and run away. Use your keys to gouge their eyes, take your fingers and make like a chicken pecking and shove them hard into their eyes. The eyes and between the legs are vulnerable. Fight to gain control back, because once you are in their car, they now have complete control.