My son heard about it on TV while with his father last weekend. A kid was almost abducted less than a mile from our house.
In related news a few weeks ago, a 13yo kid across the street was hit by a routinely trespassing kid as the first defended the possession of his bicycle. He earned a concussion, but kept his bike. My son has explicit instructions to give up the goods instead of risking injury.
J craves playing outside. Our neighborhood has several courts and playgrounds, but he's now restricted to ours. Judging by how much skateboarding is going on nearby, I think others are in the same position.
At least back in our winding, protected court in our almost hidden neighborhood, I fear abductors less than on a larger road which is easier to maneuver. But I could be just fooling myself in this evil world of ours. Goodness knows, I don't need an increasingly paranoid ex.
However, I am so glad that first kid broke free of his abductors.