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Protecting Your Child From Abduction
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Never leave children alone in cars.
Establish strict procedures for picking your children up at school,
at a friend's, after a
Establish a family code word. Tell your children never to go with
anyone who does not
Teach your children their full names, your full name, address, and
telephone number. Teach
Make sure they know how to make local and long distance telephone
calls. Even a small
Tell your children about the abduction problem in a calm and simple
way as if you were
Listen attentively if your children talk about anyone they encounter in your absence.
Have photographs of your children taken four times a year (especially for pre-schoolers).
Make a note of birthmarks and other distinguishing features.
Have fingerprints taken of your children. Most local law enforcement
agencies have child
Not to wander off, to avoid lonely places, and not to take shortcuts
through alleys or
They are safer walking or playing with friends.
Always to come straight home from school unless you have made other arrangements.
Never enter anyone's home without your prior approval. Exception: A Block Parent.
To scream, run away, and tell you or a trusted adult if anyone
attempts to touch or grab
Not to give out any information on the telephone, particularly their
name and address, or that
Never to go anywhere with anyone who does not know the family code word.
To keep all door locked and only admit authorized people into the
house. No one else
To memorize their full names and address, including city and state.
To memorize their telephone number, including area code.
To use both push button and dial telephones to make emergency,
local, and long distance
To always check in with you or a neighbor immediately after arriving home.
Never to go into your home if a door is open or a window is broken.
How to work door and window locks.
How to get out of the home quickly in case of fire.
How to answer the doorbell and telephone when they are home alone.
Never go anywhere with another adult unless you have made
arrangements ahead of time.
That a stranger is someone neither you nor they know well.
To run to the nearest public place, neighbor, or safe house if they
feel they are being
To tell you if anyone asks them to keep a secret, offers them gifts
or money, or asks to take
To always tell you if something happened while they were away from
you that made them