Safety Tips to Decrease Risk of Abduction

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When it comes to reducing your risk of abduction, police officers say say the most important thing is prevention.

Decreasing your risk with common sense practices like traveling in pairs at night, or letting someone know where you're going if you plan on traveling alone.

Still, according to the National Crime Information Center that's not always enough, because as of March 1st, more than a thousand people are missing in Wisconsin.

Investigators believe of those people, 29 adults and eight children were taken against their will.

"We always think that we live in a nice, safe part of Wisconsin where nothing happens," kickboxing instructor Jennifer Thyssen said.

Still, abductions do happen and when they do police say the kidnapper's usually not a stranger lurking in the corner.

"Most of the situations we see where someone is taken against their will involves two people that do know each other," Eau Claire Public Safety Officer Jason Kaveney said.

And whether you know them or not, officers say an abduction can turn deadly in a flash, so you need to take action.

Defense experts say protection starts with your demeanor, many aggressors will back off if you maintain eye contact and walk with confidence. But, if they do attack, experts say you shouldn't stay and fight, do everything you can to get away.

"A lot of the self defense techniques that you learn are the release and run techniques so there's really no glory in standing and fighting against somebody that's trying to attack you," Thyssen said.

"Fight, kick, scream, yell, draw attention to yourself and you know if anybody hears you or is in the area will help you," Kaveney said.

And if you're in a vehicle.

"Bang on a window, yell, we've stopped and identified people because of people fighting in a vehicle and somebody has seen that and called and we'll stop them and check them, thinking you know what's going on," Kaveney said.

Officer Kaveney also says whether it's a partial plate number, the color of a vehicle, or description of a suspect, tip calls from the public can make or break an investigation so don't be afraid to call the police.