A mum-of-two has defended her decision to attach a child safety wrist lock to her children’s wrists every time they go out so that they won’t get ‘abducted’.
Jemma Freeman, 30, from Maldon, Essex, purchased the gadget after rising concerns of child abduction cases in her area and decided to take matters in her own hands to protect her little ones.
The parent bought the safety lock from Amazon for £8.69 and makes her two children, Jessica, 3, and Zachary, 8, wear it when they go out with her.
The device acts like a wrist strap with an additional lock and coil – and is child-proof, preventing the child from wriggling out of the grasp.
Jemma Freeman, 30, from Maldon, Essex, attaches a child safety wrist lock to her children’s wrists every time they go out so they won’t get ‘abducted’. Pictured, with her children, Jessica, 3, and Zachary, 8
The mother-of-two, who, purchased the gadget (pictured) after rising concerns of child abduction cases in her area, makes her two children wear it when they go out with her
Jemma explained that she spoke to her two children about the reasons behind the lock and both of them were happy to wear it.
The mum-of-two uploaded a photo of the device on her Facebook page, which has since gained over 400 likes with dozens of users commending her for ensuring the safety of her children.
One wrote: ‘Brilliant hun I had 1 like this but not as good as ours. we have to do wot we can to keep our children safe.far to many wrongens out there.’
Another added: ‘Well all I can say good on you we shouldn’t have to but this is the only way to keep our kids close by good idea’
In her initial Facebook post (pictured), Jemma explained how she had been feeling ‘extremely anxious’ with all the child snatching incidents going on in the Essex area recently
The device acts like a wrist strap with an additional lock and coil – and is child-proof, preventing the child from wriggling out of the grasp. Pictured, with Jessica, 3, and Zachary, 8
Jemma spoke to her two children (pictured) about the reasons behind the lock and both of them were happy to wear it
Meanwhile, one commented: ’25 years ago it was common to use reins for children. Keeps them safe and allows them some freedom to walk. What they look like shouldn’t be the issue.’
Speaking about her reasons behind using the child safety gadget, Jemma, who works as a wedding hair and makeup artist, said: ‘I’ve only recently started using these after being concerned with recent events.
‘I use it on both children currently if in a situation where something could happen.
After speaking to both children in an appropriate way about strangers they are both more than happy to wear it. I did have a few negative comments from parents which really upset me.
Jemma told how she has received some negative comments – with one saying she should watch her children and that they are not “dogs.’ Pictured, with her children
Dozens of users have commended the mother-of-two for ensuring the safety of her children (pictured)
‘Some people have commented saying that I should watch my children and that they are not “dogs”. I’m fully aware of both of these things.
‘However, when people are having children snatched from their arms or pushchairs, I feel it’s not a case of just watching your child. And as a parent, if I can do anything at all to help keep them safe, I will do it.
She continued: ‘I’ve also had lots of lovely comments and messages from parents thanking me for sharing the post and asking me where they can purchase this gadget from.
‘I’ve also had lots of lovely comments from people telling me to ignore the negative comments and that I am a great mother.
‘Ultimately there is lots of good in the world but unfortunately there are also things happening that aren’t so good.
‘If I can protect my children or help another parent protect their children, I will do what I can do.’