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ABDUCTED children can improve their rescue chances by staying calm, police in Shenzhen City said as they revealed more details about a wave of child kidnappings.

A sixth-grader at Nanshan Foreign Language School was killed - even though his parents paid a US$500,000 ransom - because he was too "naughty and loud," police were cited as saying in a Nanfang Daily report yesterday.

In another case, police said Cao Zongkai's ability to stay calm had allowed officers time to find and rescue the boy. Cao had been held by his abductors for two weeks in June before police rescued him, the report said.

Cao said he was snatched by two men on his way to school. The kidnappers jammed a pill in his mouth and threw him in the trunk of their car.

Cao told the newspaper he only spoke during the ordeal when he was asked to call his parents for ransom.

Police also advised parents to stop their children from wearing expensive clothes and accessories as these would make them more obvious targets for kidnappers. Meanwhile, security measures have been stepped up around the primary schools where most students were snatched, police said.

The city's Nanshan District spent more than 20 million yuan (US$2.92 million) on security cameras at schools.

Police said more than 80 percent of abductors know the kids they kidnapped.


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