Keeping Kids Safe From Kidnappings

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

This isn't your typical 'don't talk to strangers' lesson about kidnapping.

"We're all taught to shout, run and get help. What if you can't?" questions Ofc. Sean Adler.

Adler says our kids should know what to do if an abductor grabs them. It's a lesson he teaches to kids throughout the stateline: grip, dip and spin.

"Grip onto their leg, get down on the ground and spin your back and grab the other leg - like in handcuffs," explains Adler.

The maneuver was created by Cincinnati native John Hall. He visited an area school last year. For more than 15 years Hall studied real cases of people who escaped from kidnappers.

"They did something to make it difficult to move them, not using force, not karate kicks or punches," says Hall.

And Adler says most of those cases had one other thing in common.

"They accidentally tripped and fell, and instead of getting up they stayed on the ground."

Why does that work? Adler says because it's difficult for anyone to move dead weight off the ground, and the last thing an abductor wants is a challenge.

"Grab a hold, don't let go, and what is this guy thinking? I just lost speed, I just lost control of this situation and now he's looking around and thinking he's going to get caught, so he's like get this kid off me," says Adler.

Adler hopes to get this message out to as many kids as possible. His goal is to keep kids safe and never let any parent go through the tragedy of losing a child.

If you would like more information on Adler's kid escape seminars you can e-mail him at or call him at 520-5762.

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