child abduction

Officers faced a "race against the clock" to return a four-year-old girl to her mother.
The reality is that children do go missing - in fact 140,000 children and young people go missing in the UK every year, and in 2011-12, 273 child abductions by strangers were reported to police. Thankfully three quarters of those were attempted abductions and the chance of a small child being grabbed in the vicinity of their home or parents, is still incredibly rare.
If we hammer home the stranger message to our children, we scare our children. We make them afraid of all adults and all places they might meet them. Frightened children will retreat more and more into their bedrooms.