A story of an attempted kidnapping.

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  1. Charlemagne

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    A friend of mine just shared this, and I thought worth spreading around. It's scary as heck, and every parent's fear, but it's better to have knowledge of how they operate (at least one of the ways).

    - Names redacted to preserve privacy.


     
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    Was this a personal experience, or something your friend came across on the internet?

    By far, most child abductions are instances of custodial interference, where a parent (or someone acting on their behalf) grabs the child. Stranger abductions are rather rare. In nearly 2 decades of law enforcement experience, I've not seen an incident like that at all. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has done extensive tracking on attempted abductions, and I don't see a ploy like that in their report.

    I'm not discounting the importance of being aware of who's around you or your children, and who's paying attention to them -- as well as the nature of that attention -- but, at the same time, so many of these stories get passed around that they create a false impression or overinflate risks.
     

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    It happened to her friend, and she shared it with me. And I am sure that things can get blown out of proportion, but that does not mean that they don't happen either. Many of us are training MA for a scenario that is statistically very unlikely for the average person, but we still train. This is no different.
     

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