We all teach our children about safety and we all trust that our children will follow that advice.
If you were asked - "what would your child do if a stranger approached them with a puppy and asked if they would like to see more puppies, what would they do"? - you might be confident that your child would refuse to go along but you might be in for a horrible surprise as were the mothers seen in the video.
Here in Australia, with a rate of 2.3 people per 100,000 being kidnapped each year, the risk of your child being a victim is comparatively low. Compare that to the USA where a child goes missing (lost or kidnapped) every 40 seconds.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there was a 7.7% decrease in the number of kidnapping/abduction victims in Australia, from 596 in 2013 to a five year low of 550 in 2014.
In Australia during 2014:
- The kidnapping/abduction victimisation rate decreased to a five year low of 2.3 victims per 100,000 persons;
- The decrease in the number of kidnapping/abduction victims was largest for persons aged between 10 and 14 years (down 47% or 51 victims from 2013);
- Females accounted for a slightly larger proportion of all kidnapping/abduction victims (57% or 315 victims);
- Private dwellings were the most common location for kidnapping/abduction to occur (39% or 214 victims); and
- Just over half (51%) of all kidnapping/abduction investigations (280 victims) were finalised by police within 30 days.
That report is about all kidnappings - adults and children.
According to child recovery expert, Colin Chapman, parental abductions more than double as Christmas approaches.