Stranger Tries to Lure 11-Year-Old into Car but His Plan Is Ruined with Her “Code Word”
Kidnappings have been rampant throughout human history. Estimates show that 460,000 children are reported missing each year, out of which 5,000 are often the victims of kidnappings. Any parent just looking at these numbers would be scared. But it is a fact that parents always need to keep an eye on their children and not let them be lured into a trap by kidnappers.
Luckily, people are becoming more aware and developing countermeasures to prevent kidnappings. Here’s one such incident: a young girl managed to escape a kidnapper with a ‘code word’ her mom gave her.
10A mom named Brenda James equipped her daughter with the knowledge of dealing with strangers.
Brenda’s brilliant idea of teaching her kids to ask anyone who tells them they are there to pick them up on their parents’ behalf helped her daughter escape a possible kidnapping attempt. Brenda’s daughter was approached by a suspicious man at the park who claimed that her brother had met with an accident and he was there to take her home. But when she asked for the ‘code word’ the man left in a hurry.
9Her mom taught her to ask people a code word if they ever came to pick her up.
Brenda James never wanted her children ending up as part numbers on statistics of kidnapping, which is why she devised a strategy that would keep them safe. She discussed things with her children and taught them to use a code word if anyone came to pick them up on behalf of their parents or family members. She taught them to as for the ‘code word’ which if the stranger got wrong, they shouldn’t go anywhere.
8A code word in an article sparked the inspiration for her plan to ensure that her kids don’t end up with the wrong people.
Brenda got the idea from an article about the use of code words that helped her come up with the idea. She revealed this in an interview: “They know who can pick them up and who can’t. But there’s always that special situation where there might be somebody they don’t know or don’t know well, so that’s why we came up with a code word.”
7On a random Wednesday afternoon, Brenda’s worst fears came true.
Brenda’s 11-year-old daughter Maddison was out with her friend in a park on a random Wednesday afternoon. The two of them were walking around when a man pulled up close to the two of them and approached Maddison.
This is what the police say about the incident: “The man told the girl that her [brother was] in a serious accident and she needed to go with him.”