Dorian Bond 2014-06-03 03:10:44
Tactics for Protecting Kids in the Neighborhood The fact is you never know who’s in the neighborhood. As a parent I’m well aware of that danger. And, for more than a decade, I’ve worked on a number of high-profile murder and child abduction cases with some of Arizona’s most prominent legal firms. When I grew up, parents let their kids out to play all day long. Today, we need to know where our kids are going and who they’re going with – even in our neighborhood. For example, a kid in my hometown was just charged with 14 counts of sexual assault – a high school kid barely the age of 18. Here are a few sound tactics all parents should use to help protect their children from the dangers that can exist within their own neighborhood. MEET THE PARENTS When a child meets a new kid, it is imperative that the parents meet. Get a good feel for what kind of parents they are. Do they just let their kids run in the streets? CHECK FOR SEXUAL PREDATORS Go online, see how many sexual predators are in the neighborhood, and learn where they live. More than that, check in at least once every three months. A check every month is preferable. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS Keep an eye out for any of a number of red flags that should give careful parents cause for concern and further investigation. Are the kids outside playing when there’s no evidence that the parents are home? Do you ever see parents outside the house? When parents do not or cannot control their children, those children often cannot control themselves. This can present a danger to other children. Notice what time the kids come over to your house. I had one little girl in my neighborhood come over at 8:30 at night. She asked if my daughter could come out and play. I said, “No. She’s in bed and why aren’t you?” That’s a big red flag. Notice how the kids are dressed. Are they barefoot? Are they dirty? Lack of good hygiene is a clear indication of poor parenting. There’s a good chance that those kids are lacking other things, such as parental guidance and control. Eavesdrop on the conversations your kids have with other kids. That’s not an invasion of privacy; it’s common sense. See what kind of conversations they have, what language they use, and the topics they discuss. I heard one such conversation where a little girl said, “Let’s play sex with our Barbies.” That’s a red flag for sure. What’s going on at their house? Look at the house. Is the grass in need of mowing? Look at how the house is kept. Notice if there are a lot of cars parked in the driveway or even in the yard. When you see a lot of cars there’s probably a lot of people living in the house, more than one family. I’m not saying that’s always bad, but it could be an indicator of a serious situation. Look into it. USE TECHNOLOGY I am a believer in using technology to monitor the status of my daughter’s activities. I have a number of surveillance cameras on my property. My home and yard are under continual electronic surveillance. With the use of a product called Myfilip, a watch with a number of monitoring and safety features, I can monitor her outside of the home too. The device tracks the wearer and pinpoints GPS location. Parent and child can also send text messages to each other. In the event of an abduction or some other emergency, the wearer can push a button and up to five people will be immediately notified and provided with a precise GPS location. People don’t realize how important the time factor is in an abduction. In many cases a parent may not know the child has been abducted for four, five or six hours or more. A lot of parents believe a cellphone will protect their children. However, the dangers can outweigh the benefits. They are given mobile access to the Internet, access you may not be able to monitor. Additionally, if they get in trouble, they may not be able to call for help. Technology is great and parents should take full advantage of the options now available. The biggest protection, however, is knowing who your kids hang out with. Go meet the parents and get to know them before you let your kid go into their house. Dorian Bond’s interest in investigation began in college while working for Wal-Mart. Quickly rising through the ranks, he was overseeing theft in WalMarts across two states. He moved to the private investigation sector and worked in several firms before founding Bond Investigations in 2003. Serving the investigative needs of law firms, individual clients, and two of the largest county attorney offices in the state, the United States and even in the international marketplace, they ensure justice is served. Their bilingual male and female investigators are experts in the areas of process service, discreet surveillance, missing persons, attorney litigation support and business asset searches. For more information call (480) 229-7401 or visit www.bondinvestigations.com.
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