I thought this would be helpful for both kids and parents to have options and confidence in an uncertain situation.
- Yell, Kick, & Scream - This may seem obvious, but many
children freeze when they are grabbed by strangers. Kidnappers want children to
go along quietly. Yell - "This person is a stranger!"
Kick - kidnapper's foot, groin, or knee.
- Area Code & Phone Number - Make sure your child knows
your area code and phone number. Does your child know how to make a collect call
or dial in case of an emergency? Teach your child not to give
your phone number or address to strangers.
- Buddy System - A child alone is an easy target. Encourage
your children to use the buddy system and to watch out for each other.
- Current Photos & Records - Get photos taken every 6
months of your children and keep a photo on your person at all times.
Fingerprints should be taken by a law enforcement, (TPD can assist you. More
Copies of their dental and medical records are a must.
- Lure Tactics - " I have lost my puppy. Will you help me
find him?" "I'll give you $10 if you'll help me put this in the car."
Parents, teach your children how to respond to these people. It is best to
ignore them, avoid any conversation, and run.
- Family Code Word - Parents, a code word is a lock and key
for your child. "Your Mom and Dad have been in a car wreck. You need come
with me right now!" Child: " What is the code word?" If they don't
know it then child doesn't go. The child runs away from that person and tells
whomever is responsible for them--teacher or parent--what happened. Get a
description of the perpetrator if possible.
- Separation Plan - Teach your children to go to a cashier or
ticket booth if they are separated from you while at a mall, amusement park, or
any place you travel.
- Check Route to School - The route to school should be
established by a parent and under no circumstances should the child deviate from
that route. Avoid alleys, etc.
- Notify School - Make sure the school will notify you if
your child does not arrive at school. Let the principal know who is authorized
to pick up your child.
- Communication - Keep good communication lines open with
- Neighbors - Organize a Neighborhood Watch group and participate in a safe
- Child's Clothes - Make a mental note of what your child
wears every day! Do not put your child's name on the outside of the clothing
because it allows a stranger to become verbally intimate with your child. Put
the name on inside of clothes.