Child safety awareness has changed drastically since then and the Walsh family’s vigilance is largely responsible for these national changes. Children are taught a high level of suspicion and fear of strangers as well. The loss of a child is a horrific thing – but I would argue that the cost to children in terms of cultural changes in order to avoid events that actually are extremely rare has been high.
Dahmer preyed on young men and boys (the youngest being eight years older than Adam), and his modus operandi included severing his victims’ heads. Dahmer’s MO, after all, included beheading some of his victims. While many other suspects would be considered and eliminated over the years, one man (for the lack of a better word), Ottis Elwood Toole, would became a person of interest.
Dahmer’s taste in young flesh was more around puberty, while Toole had a far lengthier & extensive history as a genuine child molester. The only thing you can take from the fact two of the worst serial killers of the 20th century happened to be prowling Miami-Dade at the same time is that Florida is (and always has been) attractive to these types of predators due to its highly transient tourist population. Dahmer’s known victims were much older than Adam, right? Don’t these guys usually have a pattern? Dahmer died in a Wisconsin prison in 1994. Adam Walsh’s murder remains unsolved.
Sex offenders will be divided into three tiers based on the severity of the crime, and will be required to remain on the registry and verify their information on a prescribed schedule based on these tiers. Sex offender registry information must be available via the Internet in single-query format. Each states Internet site must be compatible for search capabilities within the National Sex Offender Public Website, and participate in that Website as decided by the attorney general.
Kidnapping occurs whenever a person is taken or detained against his or her will, and includes hostage situations. Moreover, kidnapping is not limited to the acts of strangers but can be committed by friends, by romantic partners, and, as has been increasingly the case in recent years, by parents involved in acrimonious custody disputes. Kidnapping is dwarfed by the much more common crimes of simple and aggravated assault, larceny, and sex offenses, which make up most of the crimes against juveniles.
Parents also need to remember that the database will not be a truly comprehensive list of predators. It will not have every adult accused of child abuse, because it includes only criminal convictions, and not successful civil lawsuits. Parental kidnapping is the abduction of a child by a parent. The law on parental kidnapping varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction: some jurisdictions define it as a felony, others as a misdemeanor.
Kids should know that it is better to be “rude” by, say, not helping someone out with a lost puppy, than to be taken. But I also see a LOT of kids who seem way too young walking home by themselves, including in large cities like NYC (where I am from) and Philly, as well as smaller towns like West Chester.
Kidnapping is something we tend to accept as being out there but never to the extent of it becoming a major issue. However, of those who make their living in the southern America’s it’s a totally different story. Kidnapping for ransom is fairly common, especially in border cities such as Tijuana, Nogales or Juarez. As with other cities on the list, try not to look like a tourist, avoid flashing shiny, expensive objects and you should be fine.
Kidnapping for ransom demands are tailored to the victims, and if family or friends lag in paying even small amounts they may be sent crudely amputated body parts as a sign of worse to come. There are express kidnappings, with victims carjacked or otherwise driven (often in taxis they foolishly hail on the street as some cabdrivers work in concert with other criminals) from one bank or ATM machine to another until a victims credit and cash withdrawal card funds are exhausted.
There are currently only 2 GPS Trackers in the world that are perfect for children to carry in case the unthinkable happens… Child Kidnapped
WorldTracker GPRS provides Hollywood-like 3D tracking via Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth, and supports a host of alerting and reporting features. The device can also be configured to send location updates automatically, allowing you to see where the device has been and how fast it was moving. For serious real-time tracking needs, WorldTracker GPRS can send location updates as often as every 15 seconds.
Performance was also outstanding. WorldTracker GPRS was able to provide solid tracking inside movie theaters, office buildings, and basements (as long as cellular reception was available).
This is the “money is no object” device in this review; priced at around $600, monthly service costs $69/month, plus there’s a one-time setup fee of $90. That’s about $830 per year in service fees alone. The included lithium-ion battery only provides around 8 hours of real-time tracking between charges, so you’ll likely want to spring for the extended battery, which will add another $100 to the cost.
It’s not cheap, but WorldTracker GPRS’ performance was unrivaled in this test.
The WorldTracker GPRS is a portable, Assisted-GPS tracking device capable of sending real-time position reports every 15 seconds. The battery operated device sells for around $650, works indoors and out, operates on the the GSM network, sports a high-performance SiRF StarIII receiver, is water resistant, and can alert if you if the device moves into or out of a pre-defined area.
Is the WorldTracker GPRS the ultimate child/teen/adult/vehicle tracking device and worth the hefty price tag? Read on.
- Self contained device fits in the palm of your hand. No external antenna needed, just turn it on.
- Location information is reported using a direct GPRS data connection.
- Mapping for the entire world using the latest cutting edge 3D maps from Google and Microsoft.
- Real-time location reports every 15 seconds.
- Geofence feature sends alert if the target moves from pre-defined area.
- GPS assist function using GSM network, boosting location sensitivity when GPS signal is temporarily lost.
- Durable, lightweight, water-resistant housing.
- Enhanced sensitivity for indoor and outdoor reporting.
- Tri-band GSM 850/1800/1900 MHz for worldwide coverage.
- Can be hooked up to 12 volt DC for permanent hardwire connection
Utah-based Amber Alert GPS strikes an excellent balance between features and cost without sacrificing performance. Amber Alert GPS is a relatively inexpensive solution that can track indoors and out, has an SOS button to call for help, supports Geo-Fencing, and can send speed alerts (ie. send an alert if my kid is driving faster than 80 MPH) — all for under $200. The monthly service costs between $19.99 to $49.99, depending on usage.
Amber Alert GPS uses the same high-performance GPS found in the much more expensive WorldTracker GPRS, and provided similarly excellent indoor tracking performance. Amber Alert GPS doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive devices, but it does provide parents with an easy way to quickly locate their child, indoors or out, without breaking the bank.
The SOS button is also a nice feature that lets kids send help messages to up to 5 people at once.
Aimed at helping parents answer the terrifying question, “where’s my child?”, Amber Alert GPS is a relatively inexpensive solution that can track indoors and out, has an SOS button to call for help, supports Geo-Fencing, and can send speed alerts (ie. send an alert if my kid is driving faster than 80 MPH) — all for under $200.
Amber Alert GPS sells online for $199, and requires a monthly service that ranges from $19.99 to $49.99, depending on usage. Why the monthly service fee? Amber Alert GPS leveraged both GPS and cellular technology to provide real-time tracking.
If money is no object, WorldTracker GPRS’s performance and reporting capabilities were unmatched by any other product I tested. The high-performance device provided stunning 3D mapping reports and worked flawlessly indoors and out. WorldTracker’s easy-to-use Website lets you setup custom alerts and virtual boundaries, and view breadcrumb trails of where your child has been for the past several months. Vehicle mileage logs and details location reports can even be downloaded into Microsoft Excel, if desired.
A more practical, and much less expensive, solution is Amber Alert GPS. The sub-$200 device worked well indoors and out, but lacked the reporting features of the WorldTracker. For example, you can’t configure Amber Alert GPS to automatically send location updates — you have to call the device and wait for it to send your phone an SMS message with a link to view the location on Yahoo maps. Amber Alert GPS also doesn’t have the 3D mapping capabilities or advanced geofencing features of the WorldTracker. Still, Amber Alert GPS is simple to use, and doesn’t require a computer to find out where your child is. Provided you already have an Internet-enabled smart phone, Amber Alert GPS is a great tool for parents and children alike.
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