How to Deal with Abductions and Kidnapping

AbductedThe history of kidnapping and hostage-taking is deeply rooted. It is only recently that there has been systematic attempts to understand the effects – both long and short-term on individuals affected and their families. Kidnapping is rampant in many parts of the world, and it is a thriving business in many countries.

Kidnapping is a terrifying experience. However, you possess more personal resources than you might be aware of, to cope with the situation. Remember, you are only of value to the kidnappers when you are alive. It is therefore within their efforts to keep you alive as long as possible, while they advance their pursuit of money from your relatives.

The typical hostage responses of fear, withdrawal and denial are all experienced at different degrees. You might be handled roughly, blindfolded, drugged or even stuffed in the trunk of a car. Whatever the case, cooperate as resisting makes your chances of survival to be slim.

How to Survive as a Hostage

Abductions happen so fast, and the terrorists are nervous and unsure of the next move, highly aggressive and mostly irrational. They subject you in a traumatic psychological moment. Violence could define your stay if you remain passive, while resistance could result in death.

If you are taken hostage, the best defense is passive cooperation. Yes, you might be terrified, but remember to maintain your cool. Organize your thoughts quickly and avoid breakdowns due to panic. Being rational increases your chances of survival. The more time that lapses, the more chances of being released alive.

hostageWhile under hostage situation, try to establish some understanding and rapport with the captors. Avoid taking stands and listen to their point of view. Listen and observe keenly and do not be quick to engage unless you are required to do the same. Build some relations with fellow captives and with the terrorists. Prepare your mind for a lengthy stay. Be prepared to survive even under inhumane conditions.

Captors may attempt to confuse your sense of time by confiscating your phone and watch and subjecting you to gruesome hygiene standards and inhumane diet. Take note of the characteristics and traits of the captors, their surroundings, contacts, speech and other attributes and keep calm.

The information you learn from their habits and surroundings could help in big time in case you get an opportunity to contact the outside world or when you get a chance to escape. Avoid any forms of resistance or trying to escape as they may be too costly your life.

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Tips to Prevent Your Child From Abduction and Kidnapping

kidnapWherever the evening comes with the sad news of a kidnapped child, the terrifying realities of abduction strikes every parents’ heart. One of the challenges associated with being a parent is teaching your kids to be careful without filling them with unnecessary fear and anxiety.

Danger can lurk everywhere, and anywhere a child may go. Parents overlook the daily dangers associated with keeping your child in isolation. However you may train yourself to be aware of them, and take the appropriate steps to protecting your child at all times. Do not shy away providing your children with the necessary and accurate information on the potential real-time situations which may come their way.

Here are few tips to protecting your child against abduction

– Know the whereabouts of your child at all times. This is particularly useful for the ease of their trace-ability and also for knowing in they are at safe environs.

– At the early age, teach your kid their name, basic address, telephone numbers and the first and last names of their parents or relatives

– Teach them how to call 9-1-1 for help. However, when teaching them about calling 9-1-1, ensure that the call doesn’t go through. Ensure that your child knows how to make local and long distance calls.

kidnapped– Never leave your child in the vehicle by their own. Establish strict and well-laid procedures of picking up children from school, at their friend’s home and from movies.

– You may establish a family code that only you, your child and a trusted relative or friend know. Teach your kid to ask for the code word whenever they are approached by someone purporting to offer them a ride.

– Remind your children not to fall prey to free rides from someone they do not know. Talk to them about what is involved in the abduction, in a simple and non-threatening manner.

– Carefully listen to your child when they talk about someone who visited them or spoke to them when you were not around.

– Ensure that you have photos of your child, more so, the most recent ones. Have your child fingerprinted and have them stored in a safe and convenient place.

Kids are mostly attracted to simple surfing and instant messaging, and this may be a source of both joy and sorrow. Chatting with strangers may expose the mind of your child to a lot of evils, including bad habits, peer influences among others. Take interest on online sites that your child visits and what they do on those sites.

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