PREVENTING ABDUCTION

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

  • Their full name addresses and phone numbers. They should be able to tell police and emergency responders their information.
  • How to make a phone call for help by dialing your number and 911.
  • Do not go into anyone’s home without your permission. Establish a “Safe Home Program” in your neighborhood. Children should know which homes they are allowed to enter.
  • Find an employee should they get separated from you while shopping. They should not wander the store. They should go to the nearest checkout counter and ask the clerk for assistance. Never go into the parking lot.
  • To walk with and play with others. The child is most vulnerable when alone. If your child walks to school, have him/her walk with other children.
  • Adults do not ask children for directions. If someone should stop in a car and ask for directions, do not go near the car. Go to a public place, if they are followed. They should ask for help. Do not try to hide behind bushes.
  • Never go near a car with someone in it. They should never get in a car without your permission. Warn your children that someone might try to lure them into a car by saying you said to pick them up.
  • Do not talk to strangers. A stranger is someone they and you do not know very well.
  • Do not tell phone callers they are home alone. Children under the age of 13 should never be left home alone.
  • Do not keep secrets. Let them know that children should not keep secrets from adults.
  • They have the right to say NO. Tell them that no one has the right to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable.
  • To yell HELP, not just scream. Should they feel threatened or should anyone try to hurt them.
  • Do not accept gifts or money from strangers. They need to tell you if someone offers them gifts or money or wants to take a picture.

 

AS A PARENT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Have an electronic identification created for each child. Availability of a CD or flash drive with electronically scanned fingerprints, current photos and physical description is a significant tool in the recovery of a missing child. Keep your flash drive on your keychain.
  • Know your children’s friends.
  • Be sensitive to changes in your children’s behavior or attitudes. Encourage open communications. Never belittle any fear or concern your child may express to you.
  • Never leave children unattended; never leave children in a car.
  • Listen when your child tells you they do not want to be with someone; there may be a reason you should know about.
  • Be involved in your children’s activities.
  • Notice when someone shows your child a great deal of attention and find out why.
  • Do not buy items that have your child’s name on them such as hats, jackets and t-shirts. An abductor could start up a friendly conversation with your child after reading the child’s name.
  • Take a photograph of your child each year (four times a year for children under 2). Update your electronic file, CD or flash drive.
  • Have a plan with your child should they become separated from home.

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