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Common Predator Lures

Lost Pet Lure

Frequently a pedophile or child molester will approach a young child or a group of young children and pretend that he has lost his pet. He will ask the child or children to search the area, usually a secluded or wooded area, to find the pet. Prior to starting this "Lure", the predator will have hidden the pet somewhere in the woods where it is not easily visible and then the predator will guide the child in that direction during the search. Once the pet has been found, the predator will ask the child to help him take the dog back to the car. At this point the child should run away as fast as possible because once the predator gets back to the car, then he will grab the child and the child will disappear.


Asking for Directions

Predators also will use the approach of asking for directions to a certain nearby place. He will frequently have a map out and will appear to be lost. The predator will park or locate himself in an area that is close to where children are playing. The Child molester will ask the child to show him on the map where the street or place is located and appear to be confused on how to get there. He will ask the child to drive or walk with him to show him exactly how to get to the street or the place. Once the child has entered the predator's vehicle, it is usually the last time the child is seen. The child should learn to never talk to anyone asking for directions and to never accompany any stranger in a vehicle.


Offering Candy or Toys

Child Molesters often will approach a young child and offer to give the child a piece of candy or an expensive toy. Young boys are particularly vulnerable to offers of new electronic games or remote controlled cars or trucks. The predator will show the child the toy and let him play with it for awhile. Then the predator will tell the child that he has another toy just like the one they are playing with and if they go back to the vehicle they can get it and play together. Often the child is eager to see the second toy and will walk with the predator back to the vehicle to get the second toy. Once there, the predator grabs the child and puts him into the vehicle and drives off.

Children must learn to never accept anything offered by a stranger no matter how nice it looks or how much they want to play with it. They must run away and tell an adult all they know about the predator.