Child Abductions - What Parents And Children Should Know

Since children are back to school and many of them walk or ride their bikes, we wanted to share some safety tips with our community to keep our most precious residents safe and secure.

Parents - Talk With Your Children

As parents, we have many things we have to be aware of and think about on a daily basis. For this article, we're going to focus on keeping children out of the hands of abductors. We don't want you to teach your children to only stay away from strangers, since an abductor could be someone your child knows. The most important thing is to talk with your children.

Teach 'Em "No, Go, Yell, Tell"

Teach your children to tell an abductor "No" when they ask for help or directions, or want your child to get in a vehicle or go into a building with them. Then tell them to "Go" - Run as fast as they can away from the possible abductor. While they are running, tell them to "Yell" as loud as they can. They need to bring attention to themselves, and it's okay to do it in this case! Last, they need to "Tell" an adult what happened.

Passwords Aren't Just For Computers

Above all else, teach your children a password that is only known by those trusted by you and them. Explain that if someone approaches them and says they were told by mom or dad to give them a ride somewhere, they need to ask the person, "What's the password?" If the person doesn't know it, then it's time for them to "No, Go, Yell, Tell."

Help The Police Help Your Child

We know it is often said in good humor, but one of the worst things you can tell a child when you meet a police officer is something like, "You better behave or the police officer is going to take you to jail." By doing this, your child can be formulating the idea that we will take them away from the safety and security of their parents, and that we want to put children in jail. This really is a bad thing, as we want children to know they can come to a police officer any time they are in trouble or need help.

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