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    Schoolgirl uses code word to thwart attempted abduction

    Ajax schoolgirl uses code word to thwart attempted abduction
    Ten-year-old Ajax girl uses code word to protect herself when strange man appears at her school, saying he was sent by her mom to drive her home.



    A 10-year-old Ajax girl sensed something suspicious when a man she didn’t know appeared outside her school and said he was sent by her mother to pick her up.

    The Applecroft Public School student asked him for a prearranged code word her parents had given her.

    “He said the wrong word,” Det. Dave Mason of Durham Regional Police said Wednesday. “She said, ‘That’s not it,’ and she walked away.”

    “It illustrates the importance of safety planning with your kids,” Mason said, adding that no arrests have yet been made in the Monday incident.

    The girl told police there was a female sitting in the man’s car in the school parking lot.

    As the couple drove away, the girl managed to get a description of the car and memorized some of its licence number, Mason said.
    She also provided police with a description of the couple.



    Full article at link http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/20...abduction.html


    +1 for solid parenting.

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    If you take a child to nursery, the practice is to agree a Codeword so that if you are unable to collect your child, then another may do so on your behalf. Without the Codeword, they will not release the child.

    That's what happens in London.
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    Its a damn good idea, I had a codeword as a kid.
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    I grew up with a similar system. Due to my father's occupation and my family frequently living overseas, we were on occasion targets for "undesirables". Strategies like this were drilled into my head from very very young and my sister & I did need to rely on them from time to time. Maybe I grew up the opposite of sheltered, but it used to shock me when I found out others did not grow up similarly...or rather, when parents my age don't teach their children the same awareness & avoidance skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Hardon View Post
    If you take a child to nursery, the practice is to agree a Codeword so that if you are unable to collect your child, then another may do so on your behalf. Without the Codeword, they will not release the child.

    That's what happens in London.
    You can't even get into the daycare my child attends without knowing the key code for the door. The daycare does not accept code words either. My wife and I fill out a form that lists all acceptable alternates that can pick him up. The form requires their driver's license numbers and a copy of a photo of each individual.

    The daycare has better security than our local correctional facility.
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    I've trained my kids on this type of thing too. We don't have a code word but they know who should and shouldn't pick them up, they know some people will lie to get them to go with them and they know what to do if someone tries.

    I have mixed feelings about the security at my kids' school. You do have to sign in and have your picture taken on a webcam before you can take them out of school early. This is a good deterrent. But they're supposed to check your ID as well and they've failed to do so a couple times when I picked my kids up early. I didn't make an issue of it because I assumed they recognized me but I think I will the next time that happens.

    If someone was bold enough they could get a kid out of that school if the kid remained silent. The kids have to be instructed on what to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnp View Post
    You can't even get into the daycare my child attends without knowing the key code for the door. The daycare does not accept code words either. My wife and I fill out a form that lists all acceptable alternates that can pick him up. The form requires their driver's license numbers and a copy of a photo of each individual.

    The daycare has better security than our local correctional facility.
    That reminds me. I forgot to say that my sister-in-law asked me to collect my little nephew from the Nursery; which I did, as my name was on the List.

    As that nursery has closed for re-building, she moved him to another and told me of the Codeword process and that she had put my name down on the list. I forgot that bit.
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    I've trained my kids on this type of thing too. We don't have a code word but they know who should and shouldn't pick them up, they know some people will lie to get them to go with them and they know what to do if someone tries.
    There are 4 people that can pick my kids up. Only one can without my verbal permission. So, two of the four can't just show up and I trust them implicitly.
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