Recent Kidnappings in New Jersey
Over the last 2 or 3 months, there has been an outbreak of numerous kidnappings, and kidnapping attempts around Bergen County. A girl’s remains were discovered inside a recycling container, this is what led to the curfew placed on our beloved holiday, Halloween. Police have a growing suspicion, that this event is linked to the many other kidnapping attempts that have been happening around Bergen County. This may seem scary, or threatening, but by following just a few steps, you will have virtually nothing to worry about.
1. Don’t go out alone. Unsurprisingly there is safety in numbers, as useless as it sounds. Kidnappers are less likely to target you if you are surrounded by other people.
2. Follow your instincts. If something feels off, or makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened, leave the area/ person quickly, meet up with someone you trust, or just go to a public place.
3. Stay in Public places. While scouting out victims, kidnappers often target isolated people. Like a Lion going for the weak, or lagging zebra in a herd, Kidnappers often go after people that are alone. Staying in public places, help surround you with people, making it less appetizing for a kidnapper.
4. Be Assertive. This may be harder for some and easier for others, but remember to stay firm. When confronted by a threatening stranger do not sway from you stance. Firmly say no, then leave/walk/run away to a safer area.
5. Pretty doesn’t always equal nice. No matter how pretty or dashing that stranger may be, don’t be fooled by their good looks. Strangers aren’t always those devilish villains found in storybooks, complete with a mustache.
6. Know your “Safe Zones” and know how to contact trusted adults. Kidnapping or no, it’s always good know places you can feel, and be safe in, and people you can stay with and feel safe.
By Audry H.