Child Abduction Prevention Tips

By: Jeff Morrow Email
By: Jeff Morrow Email

With the recent attempted abduction of ten year old girl, the Mesa County Sheriff's office wants to make sure all the children in the county are protected.

Heather Benjamin with the Mesa County Sheriff's office says it all comes down to the no brainers. She says, "Overall we tell people to keep eyes on your children all the time."

It's a little bit of a paradox for Stuart Gardner a father of three. He tries to teach his kids to respect adults, but at the same time to be aware of strangers. Gardner says, "The biggest problem you have as a parent is trying to teach your kids to be friendly and respectful to adults, and then also when there is a problem to be unfriendly and disrespectful and to kick and bite and scream and say 'No I'm not going with you. No I'm not looking for your puppy'".

Here are 12 tips by the AmberWatch Foundation on how to keep your kids safe:
1) Know what emergency numbers to call if you're home alone and you need help.

2) Don't give out your name, age, address and phone number on the Internet.

3) Never go anywhere without checking with your parents first, make sure they know when you'll be back.

4) Don't get close to any car that slows down or stops near you. If the car stops near you, run away and go tell a trusted adult.

5) Always use the "Buddy System." Take a buddy with you whenever you go out to play or walk to school.

6) Say "NO!" and run away if someone tries to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared. It is your body and no one has the right to touch you or kiss you in parts covered by a bathing suit. Go tell your parents or a trusted adult.

7) If someone tries to hurt you, yell for help, fight as hard as you can and run away.

8) Keep doors and windows locked and secured when you're home alone. Don't open the door and don't let anyone in without your parents' permission.

9) Stay with your parents or a trusted adult when you are at the mall, amusement park or other public areas. If you lose them, go to the nearest security officer or store clerk with a name tag and tell them that you're lost.

10) Never take short cuts. Always walk alone well-traveled streets and follow the route that your parents planned out for you to go to school or other activities.

11) Don't tell anyone on the phone that your parents are not at home. Just say, "they can't come to the phone right now," and take a message.

12) Always check first with your parents before you accept anything from anyone, even from someone you know. If someone gives you something, or does something to you, and tells you to keep it a secret, tell your parents.

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