Protect Children From Strangers

The Alfred Saliba Family Services Center held a program Tuesday afternoon aimed at keeping children safe, by learning how not to leave the scene of the crime.

Stories of missing children leave communities and parents in shock and fear almost every year. At the Saliba Services Center, parents were taught ways to avoid the situation all together.

"Kid Escape is a program that is interactive and educational at the same time. We usually teach it to children and parents, but today, we're going to teach them how to use the program," says Candy Gaff.

Ideally, the attack would go something like this; an attacker would grab and try to physically overwhelm a child who would use the technique to keep the attacker occupied long enough.

The three motions of Kid Escape are dip, grip and spin, and those are designed to keep an attacker at the first scene of a crime, making them more likely to give up and go away.

The training in the program is the key and also is second nature, but the instructors stress that if someone is in a position where running away is an option that it should be the method of choice. However, this is designed to confuse an attacker who has a hold of his or her victim.

"If they have the actual success in getting them into a vehicle, who knows how far before they go to a second crime location; it can be two or three miles down the roadway, or it can be states over," said Bobby Blankenship of the Ozark Police Department.

Police officials say the sooner that information becomes available the better, but the best possible situation would be to keep a child from being abducted in the first place.

The center is planning to hold hands-on physical training sessions on the dip, grip and spin tactic for parents and children next week.

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