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Child Safety: Prevention of Child Abduction
- Know what clothing your child is wearing each day. Make a mental note of colors, shoes, hair style.
- Do not advertise the family finances, vacation plans, or usual routines. Kidnappers often keep a house under surveillance before striking.
- Talk to your kids about the importance of not talking to strangers and to never offer any information.
- Make certain that all outside doors, windows, and screens are locked before leaving your home.
- Keep the door to the children’s room open so unusual sounds can be heard. Make sure the child’s room is not easy accessible from the outside.
- Never leave children outside playing for a long time without supervision.
- Avoid obvious indications that you are not home, and keep the residence well lighted.
- Tell your children which neighbor’s home you feel comfortable having them go to in the event of an emergency.
- Establish a code word with your parents to be used by people who care for you when they are gone. Refuse to give any information to anyone who does not have it.
- Never tell anyone on the telephone that you are home alone. Tell them, "My parents can't come to the telephone right now. May I take a message?"
- Always travel in pairs; use the "buddy system".
- If someone attempts to take you – kick, scream and make as much noise as possible. When you get away, tell someone you trust immediately.
- Use supervised play areas.
- Walk on heavily traveled streets.
- Listen to your "gut feeling" if you begin to feel uncomfortable!
- Never leave home without informing your parents!