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Ananda Alert System is Jamaica's Child Recovery Strategy which was modeled off the Amber Alert System in the United States of America (USA). According to the Ananda Alert Policy document (2008): "there has been a steady spate of child abductions that ultimately led to murder." The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), reports that between January 1 and September 30, 2008, 737 children were reported missing (177 males and 560 females). 519 were returned, with over 200 still missing. Two murders have been confirmed, with one unconfirmed.
Listen to the Ananda Alert Jingle:
1. Always scream for help and run away from suspicious acting persons
2. Always say no to strangers offering sweets, car rides or money
3. Always speak out when someone touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable.
4. Never idle or loiter on the streets
5. Always resist or report unwanted sexual advances
6. Always ensure that your parents know where you are at all times
7. Always be aware of prowlers and report them to the Police
8. Never travel alone…there is safety in numbers
9. Never let strangers into the house
Learn the difference between a "good" stranger, and a "bad" stranger. Good strangers are people that you don't know, but they are there to help you, for instance, a cop, doctor, bishop, store manager, etc. However, bad strangers are people whom you don't know who want to hurt you, do something that will make you feel uncomfortable, or might take you away from your mom and dad. Bad strangers are the ones you need to stay away from.
If you are grabbed by a stranger...
Start kicking and screaming. Scream at the top of your lungs. Kick the stranger very hard, and even roughly bite their hair if you need to, do whatever you possibly can to get away. Squirming helps, too! The stranger should drop you and run off, since strangers hate attention. The stranger may try covering your mouth. If that does happen, keep screaming, and kick just as hard. Below are some suggestions on what you can scream:
1. Ensure your child knows his or her FULL name
2. Ensure your child knows his or her parent(s) name
3. Know your child’s routes to and from school, including any alternative routes they may take
4. Advise children not to take short cuts especially routes with isolated areas.
5. If your child spends a lot of time with other adults, teach them what behaviours are acceptable
6. Ensure that in addition to your cell number your child knows your work number or the contact number for a trusted adult
7. Ensure your child has a list of people they can contact in case of an emergency and they are unable to get in contact with you
8. Know your child’s favourite places/hang out spots
9. Ensure that your contact information at your child’s school is current and accurate and that you have a contact number for your child’s school