Fingerprinting Your Child
In investigations for finding missing children, we often have to discover that the fingerprints of the missing child have not been saved. One has to remember that fingerprinting is not for only finding and identifying a body but also for identifying live children. A lot of people think that fingerprinting may be an overreaction on the part of parents who are being overtly paranoid about their child’s safety. As always what defines paranoia about one’s and one’s family safety differs from person to person. The show ‘Doomsday Preppers‘ that is aired on the Discovery HD channel is a good example of the diverse personalities of people. In every episode of the show, a different set of hyper-paranoid American citizens are featured – these are men and women (mostly men) preparing for future disaster scenarios by secretly stocking themselves with rations consisting of food, water and ammunition apart from training in the use of firepower and other basic survival skills in the wild a la Tarzan. All this preparation happens in secret getaways, underground bunkers and hideouts where they regularly practice self-defense and survival skills, should there ever be a breakdown in law and order and scarcity of food and water and vandalism rules the day. While most people would consider them abnormal and ‘crazy’, these people definitely do not consider themselves crazy. On the contrary, they feel that they are highly intelligent in being proactive enough for preparing for an unseen disaster which would leave most of the population groping in the dark. In a highly dense and unpredictable world, where anything can go wrong, these people are taking steps in times of peace and normalcy to prepare for worst case scenarios when their preparation would save their own lives as well as their family’s. Of course, not everyone feels the need or even has the time, money or resources to invest in such large scale doomsday prepping. But there are lots of small proactive steps that one can take to ward off chances of harm coming to one’s family. Installing state-of-the-art security systems in one’s residential premises is one of them. The steps detailed in this article can also be viewed as small but important efforts taken to enhance the safety of your children.
So if you fall in the above bracket of people who are anxious about their family’s safety and often harbour a thought about how the future may turn out and if you are highly protective of your near and dear ones, you must fingerprint your child at various times of her / his growth. The small amount of effort that goes in fingerprinting a child may provide huge gains if the unthinkable ever happens and your child goes missing.
If a child is abducted before he / she can learn to talk, fingerprints can prove to be a vital lead for identifying him / her later especially if he / she does not have any birthmarks or unique identifiers. Not every parent wants to have a child fingerprinted thought since they they dont want to tempt fate out of superstition or unease. Some parents don’t even want to think about the possibility of their child being abducted or kidnapped. But parents like the ones shown on ‘Doomsday Preppers‘ can and will fingerprint their child and carefully document the same in digital formats.
Age Progression Photos
Oftentimes a child has been missing for years. In such cases when a hunt for a child who has now become a teenager re-opens, age-enhancement photos can help greatly. Pictures taken for age-enhancement should show the full face at a specified distance from the camera and in front of a specified background usually solid blue. Of course you can also take casual photos of your child seated on a sofa or elsewhere but the specifications listed above provides the best possible outcome in the case of an investigation. If age progression photos haven’t been taken by a parent at regular intervals, then trained artists can be called in do the job from the last photo available. But the artist would have been able to do a better job of the child’s present appearance if the latest photo of the child is available as close to her present age as possible which is only possible if the parents have taken proactively taken age-progression photos every six months or so. Age progression softwares can also be used to help bridge the gap in appearance of a child who has been missing for years and her present changed appearance. There have been cases where flyers of age-enhanced photos have led to children being recognized and returned to joyful families.
If you’d like to use some age progression softwares, get your hands on FACES, FACETTE, FaceID and SuspectID which are used by law enforcement agencies throughout the world. APRIL – an age progression software available online for progressing your own photos can also do the job quite well. However do remember, that precise age-progression-deciphering is an art. Trained artists have deep knowledge in the manner in which skin, bone, hair and other features change over time.
Storing Your Child’s DNA
Parents who are overtly worried about their child’s safety have the option of storing their child’s DNA in the event that the worst ever happens. There are many sources for DNA collection. Check this link here for one such DNA bank – http://www.dnares.in/human-dna-data-bank-services-in-india.php. DNA collection and storing is safe and easy and does not cost a lot vis-a-vis the benefits that it imparts later on should your child ever go missing.
The above 3 preventive steps that I have mentioned are the easiest and cheapest ways to become proactive about your child’s safety and can be implemented immediately. Otherwise, if you happen to have the personality of a ‘Doomsday Prepper‘, what I have detailed above is just the tip of the iceberg! There are plenty of illuminating articles and information available on child safety on the internet and in books that can keep you engaged and informed. Stay safe!
Amit Sen is the founding partner of Alliance One – who are among the best infildety investigator in Mumbai specializing in providing thorough husband wife cheating investigations among other private and corporate investigation services. Amit is also a trained pilot and an aviator and likes to remain grounded on the days when he is not flying high!