Kidnapping has some unique characteristics -
- Mostly the victim is the softest target of all - Children
- Kidnapping is generally NOT a crime committed in sudden burst of anger or impulse, because it needs elaborate planning of logistics.
- That pre-supposes that the criminal should be reasonably familiar with the victim's universe.
- In the case of kidnap for sexual assault, it’s different. The victim may be chosen on parameters like vulnerability and circumstances.
- In kidnap crimes, the police are at a disadvantage, since the victim's family is generally reluctant to co-operate.
We can see it from 3 perspectives - The School, the Home & the Potential Victim
- Dropping & Pickup of students to be monitored in person and if possible, as the Addl.CoP, Chennai suggested with CCTV cameras.
- Identification tags can be provided to Drivers or whoever comes to pickup, which will be verified by school security
- To devise a System to detect unannounced absence of a student to be red-flagged asap.
- Conduct safety awareness programs to educate students & parents on preventive methods.
- The school should have an escalation procedure in place, to prevent chaos and confusion during a crisis. This saves precious time.
- Impart self-defence classes to the students, like KRAV-MAGA which does NOT depend on Strength or Fitness - useful for a small defendant against a bigger aggressor
- The rich should have secure procedures for recruitment and monitoring of staff - Drivers, domestic help etc.
- This will include identification and address proofs, referrals and retaining photographs of staff.
- In extreme cases, even a background check by a private detective agency can be done.
- Security should be upped if there are reasonable grounds for caution, like a disgruntled sacked staff.
- The child should be taught at the earliest to use the phone and tell the parents' names & address.
- Any change in the behaviour or attitude of the child should be probed. This can be due to fear or risky habits.
- Interaction with the school and be part of its safety programs.
- The Child should be taught the safety protocols of dealing with strangers or recognizing deviant behaviour of known persons.
- Keep an eye on the online activity of the child
- Impart self-defence training for the child - preferably a system which is natural and intuitive like KRAV-MAGA
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