Child kidnapping: what every parent should know about the dangers kids, tweens, and teens face when alone outdoors.
The victim’s mother had thought that two 13-year-olds would be safe together at the mall in a wealthy suburb. But now she realizes that crime can happen anywhere at any time.
If you’re unsure whether someone is a plainclothes police officer, ask for photo ID. You can also call 911 to verify his identity. And, if you’re still doubtful, ask the dispatcher to send a uniformed officer.
Fortunately, though the predator kidnapped her to a second location (and he could have taken her to a distant, secluded crime scene), he allowed her to survive. The infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy, used the same scam to lure a victim (see Wolf in Sheep's Clothing) – and he also had a phony police badge.
To safeguard their children, parents shouldn’t gamble that kids
on their own can avoid the clever lures of the countless thousands of
sly predators. See A Child Molester’s Fiendish Lure, Free-Range Kids, and Child Safety - Kidnap Prevention.
Also see Personal Security Alarm