Logo

Keeping Teenagers Safe From Kidnappers

| Police Blotter | August 8, 2019

Recently, a man was taken into custody after attempting to lure a teenager girl into his vehicle on two separate occasions. The suspect, B. Fentner, is alleged to have attempted to lure a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle at the intersection of Esplanade and San Jacinto avenues. The first incident occurred on Monday, July 29th and the second on Tuesday, July 30th. He was taken into custody for the second time on the morning of Wednesday, July 31st, on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child.

Some people believe that younger children are at most risk of kidnapping – but that’s not always true. Teenagers (and teenage girls in particular) make up about 80% of child abductions. The reason for this is probably because smaller children, while technically easier to overpower or deceive, are often accompanied by adults, while young teens are not. They’re just beginning to desire a sense of independence and as a result, often prefer to go about their days without adult supervision.
It’s important to talk with children, when they’re young, entering their teens, and even when they’re college age, about the dangers they may face while out and about on their own. For younger kids, it’s up to parents to inform them of the dangers that exist and how best to react if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation.

When it comes to older teens, the best place to start may be by asking questions to gauge their awareness. Once parents know how aware they are of their current situation, they can move forward in advising them.

The first thing teens should put into practice, if they aren’t already, is to keep in touch with family and friends. If kids are of college age, they may not need to be in constant contact with parents all the time, but they should be in contact with someone.

Keeping in contact with parents is most important during times and situations in which they may deviate from their normal routines. For example, if they’re going to take a weekend trip with friends, ask them to let you know where they’re going and when they expect to be back.

Advertisment

Another extremely important safety tip is to employ the buddy system (especially when it comes to girls).

Finally, prepare your teen or college-aged student to defend themselves if need be. Sometimes, something as simple as a whistle can defuse a dangerous situation by bringing attention that a would-be assailant or kidnapper wouldn’t want. For active individuals, such as joggers or runners, pepper spray can be extremely useful. It should be kept in hand to be prepared to use if accosted by a stranger.

Ultimately, the threat of kidnapping is a very real danger for kids of all ages. The best line of defense is to help educate them regarding which actions to take and which to avoid, at every stage of their life.

No Tags

  

About Robin Sandoval

Robin Sandoval is a California Licensed Bail Bondsman and owner of SCV Bail Bonds. Robin writes blogs and articles to help increase community awareness of the bail industry. If you have questions or want to suggest a topic, email robin@scvbailbonds.com, visit www.scvbailbonds.com or call 661-299-2245.

Leave a Reply

  • Vote for Best of Canyon Country

    by on September 1, 2017 - 1 Comments

    It's not too late! Vote for your favorite businesses in Canyon Country! Show some love to the best of Canyon Country - here's the link!   https://san...

  • Letter from Katie Hill Angers Bill Reynolds

    by on September 12, 2019 - 5 Comments

    Like many constituents, Bill Reynolds receives correspondence from his congressional representative on issues that matter to him. It didn’t surprise him to rece...

  • Letter to the Editor

    by on November 8, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Letter to the Editor - Gazette Newspaper November 8, 2019 Santa Clarita Valley Political Shenanigans Clandestine As a casual observer of SCV’s political...

  • On The Town with Jason Downs

    by on October 31, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Greetings fellow Santa Claritans, and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town! We’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainm...

  • Doug's Rant

    by on September 19, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Ranter’s Note I:  I requested a meeting (off the record) with Christy Smith to share my concerns over her reaction to my column on August 16. She agreed and we ...

  • Doug's Rant

    by on September 12, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Clear and Present Danger  When Christy Smith pronounced her encouragement of boycotting the Gazette newspaper a few weeks ago, while alarming, it was a foggy...

Popular Ads Today

  • No ads viewed yet.

Doug’s Rant – Video Edition

  • WatchDoug’s Rant June 22
  • WatchDoug’s Rant June 15