10/12/07

Something's Happening Here.... a post by Rav

The County that we live in has a population of just over 500,000 people. It is also the most affluent County in our State. Since September 24th, 2007, there have been 9 reported attempted abductions of children in our County. All of which have been within a 20 mile radius of our home. I say reported, because I do not doubt that some, for one reason or another, have not been reported. I also do not doubt that some were stopped prior to occurring. The police believe that most of these attempted abductions are not related, that is to say, that they were perpetrated by different individuals. In some instances, the individuals attempted to lure the children with words, in others, they attempted to physically abduct the children. Some of the attempts were interrupted by bystanders, and in one, the child was able to break free from the grip of her would be abductor. In many of the cases, there were reports made to the police of suspicious people/vehicles in the area in the days prior to the incidents. Now, I am not attempting to imply that the police are not doing their job. There is only so much that they can do. As far as I know, all of the would be abductors have gotten away. This is not due to the failure of police, or the failure of people to report suspicious behavior. The type of person who is attempting to abduct a child, is more than likely not going to do it on a whim. They are predators. They stalk their prey, and they are methodical. They wait until the best opportunity to strike. They take our boys, and our girls everyday, everywhere. Open your eyes! All it may take to stop one of these predators is to pick up the phone when you see something strange. It does not hurt to contact your local police department with a concern, and you may be able to stop something tragic.

6 ripples in the pond:

Her Grace said...

Thanks for the sleepless night, Rav. :)

Kidding. It's a scary world. We've got to stay on our toes.

flutter said...

This is completely on target and so sad

Rebecca said...

Be careful!

I know in the small community that we live, I do take the girls' safety for granted.

Thank you for the reminder.

Aliki2006 said...

Thanks for the reminder--I got chills reading the post.

Pamela said...

That is so scary. I often do searches online to see if there are any registered predators living in my neighborhood. Fortunately, there aren't any---but that doesn't make it too much better. Like you said, I'm sure there are tons who just haven't been caught. =/

Super B's Mom said...

That scares the bejeebies out of me.