Child abduction is a serious issue for any parent with young children to consider. While there is no reason for parents to be panicked about the safety of their child at all times or to worry themselves to death, parents should be concerned with keeping their children safe and with taking all basic safety precautions for their family so their kids are not facing any unnecessary risks. Parents should be aware of child abduction statistics that show children can often be abducted by people in a family’s inner circle that they love and trust, and that many abductions could be prevented with more caution by parents, as statistics show they are usually very close when children are taken.
Child abduction is not just some abstract problem that could “never happen to you.” Almost 260,000 children are abducted within the United States every year. Around two children per day disappear, and while many tragically never return home again, there is frequently no bright and rosy future for those children who return. Nearly 16% of abducted children go through mental trauma, while almost 8% of those abducted experience severe physical harm, which can lead to permanent injuries.
There are no foolproof steps you can take for keeping your children safe, but there are actions families can take to protect their children and embrace safety while not tempting fate. One action would be for parents and family members to keep their eye on children at all times. This sounds like such a common-sense idea that it almost does not need to be said, but with young, impressionable children, almost anything can happen. Families need to keep an eye on their children at all times and should keep a hand on their child even when they have to turn away. By allowing a young child to wander off on their own, even for a minute, you are allowing their susceptibility to abduction to skyrocket. Children don’t know how to read a dangerous situation and could accidentally allow themselves to be taken.
You should also screen all babysitters the family is considering for their children. Babysitters may come across as friendly and caring people, but statistics have shown that they can often be child abductors. By screening them, you can assure that your child will have the best care while protecting your family against a horrible, but preventable, tragedy.
One of the best ways to ensure the safety of your child at all times in this day and age is with the help of a GPS tracker. Many GPS trackers are undetectable, and can be easily carried on a child through their backpack or clothing. Families can track a child with the help of the GPS at all times, and law enforcement could find an abducted child through the help of the GPS tracker. BrickHouse Security offers the BrickHouse Child Locator, one of the top child safety devices on the market. The Child Locator gets wander alerts instantly, directional guidance points in the right direction, and has a battery that lasts for up to 90 days. When a child wanders too far, the Locator will alert a parent with loud beeping, vibrating, and directional guidance, all at the same time. It is an almost foolproof device, and will give any family much peace of mind. By using GPS trackers, whether from BrickHouse Security or any other company, you are making your family one and almost totally defeating the threat of abduction before it comes up.
No family should be in a constant state of worry, always locking up their children and terrified of the threat of abduction. It’s okay to allow your child to have a life and to not constantly be holding on to them. But we live in a dangerous world, and it is irresponsible and dangerous not to take the threat of abduction seriously. Parents and their family members have a duty to use all the technology at their disposal and do everything they can to keep their children safe. By doing so, they can lead a more rich and satisfying family life, free of worry and full of enjoyment. Danger cannot be eradicated, but it can be contained.