There are a myriad of products and services designed to prevent your child from being abducted. It is a daunting task considering stranger abductions are mainly thought to be crimes of opportunity. Destiny Norton, Jessica Lunsford and most recently Christopher Barrios all were young children “targeted” by their abductors. All these tools are supposed to be invaluable should your child be missing or abducted but are they?
Have you ever considered how many children who were abducted had any of these and the impact they had on their recovery or non-recovery?
- Child Id Kits
- Photo Id card
- USB flash drives
- ID bracelets
- ID wristbands
- GPS monitors
- Cell Phones
You hear about abducted children using their abductors cell phones and text messaging parents or borrowing someone’s once they escape but rarely their own. Have you heard about a cell phone “ping” recovering a child or GPS coordinates pinpointing their location? Visit a GPS monitoring site and you will see comments like this:
When parents are separated from their children they justifiably worry about the many things that could happen to them, such as becoming lost, being in an accident or even being the victim of a kidnapping. Cell phones are not the answer – kids seem to lose them all the time. Besides, if a child is lost, seriously hurt or kidnapped, he/she may not be able to use a cell phone to call for help anyway. How can parents reliably know where their children or teens are? A GPS tracking device is the answer.
View a cell phone website and they will suggest a cell phone is better.
The newest technology in child monitoring devices utilizing GPS / GPRS technology. Parents will be able to view in real time where their child is at on a web based map.
Are these strictly marketing opportunities to sell more wireless devices? Today there are active campaigns to distribute wireless Amber Alerts. A few years ago it was a push to buy new handsets and raise money for the NCMEC by donating your old one.
“Cell phones always change, but our mission never does,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. “We believe that this partnership with RadioShack and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation will go a long way toward assisting us in our efforts to prevent child abduction and exploitation.”
For all the news releases about Internet and Wireless Amber Alerts have they actually found any missing children? They certainly raise public awareness concerning the child. This isn’t to suggest they haven’t or can’t assist in finding a child but it is something you would think would be worthy of a Headline if they had.
You will read or hear where Amber Alerts on road signs or airwaves pinpointed abductors but it always falls under the category of an Amber Alert. Even some missing child alerts are attributed to Amber Alert success stories even though it was good old fashioned police work.
Of the approximately 40+ children whom are murdered or never found, are you to assume they had none of the products listed above or utilized any of the services. What about those recovered, did they? There are no statistics available and certainly a provider of prevention products would not be quick to nor would they probably release the data.
There is no dispute an updated photo and description of your child is invaluable in assisting authorities in their search for missing or abducted child. Equally important are witness accounts such as was the case in the abduction of Ben Ownby.
Note: Wisconsin and Ohio are considering neon green license plates for convicted sex offenders. There are no publicly available statistics of how many predators use a vehicle as part of their abduction. They weren’t used in any of the abductions and murders referenced above.
The plates would be required for all first-degree sexual offenders of children and the most violent second-degree offenders.
Currently in Ohio if you are a convicted drunk driver with multiple DUI’s, you may be required to display a yellow license plate with red letters. Sex offenders often blame their crime on drugs or alcohol so if you were convicted of DUI’s and were a sex offender, which plate would be required? In both scenarios, the sentence handed down would determine whether you met the criteria or not. Plea bargins could keep you from having to display either.
NHTSA’s report showed 26,173 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 1982, or 60 percent of all traffic deaths, falling to 16,572, or 40 percent, in 1999. For 2002, the figures were 17,419 alcohol-related deaths, or 41 percent of all traffic fatalities.