Child Safety

What Parents Can Do:

  • Know where your child is at all times.
  • Never leave a small child alone at home or in a car.
  • Make sure your child knows his or her full name, address and telephone number.
  • Make sure your child knows where you work, and knows your telephone number at work.
  • Know your child’s friends and where they live.
  • Teach your child about strangers. Tell him or her to never talk, take candy or go with a stranger without your consent.
  • Make sure your child knows never to get into a stranger’s car.
  • Tell your child that, if approached by a stranger, he or she should run and scream.
  • Let your child know that no one has a right to touch any part of his or her body that a bathing suit would cover.
  • Inform your child to report to you, a police officer or school authority, anyone that exposes his or her private parts to them.
  • Report to the police immediately if your child informs you that he or she was lured or assaulted by a stranger.

Children should:

  • Never go to a friend’s home without informing their parents where they are going and when they will return.
  • Never talk to strangers.
  • Never take candy or gifts from strangers.
  • Never wander off when they are with their parents.
  • Move away from a car or van that pulls up next to them if they do not know the driver.
  • Scream and run away from any stranger who calls them to a vehicle or attempts to touch them.
  • Be suspicious of any stranger asking for assistance.
  • Try to remember what the stranger looks like, as well as the vehicle and license-plate number.
  • Immediately inform parents or police of any strangers that attempt to call them to a car or van.

What the Community Can Do:

  • Be aware of all strangers in the neighborhood, especially if they pay undue attention to a child.
  • Write down information about strangers in the neighborhood.
  • Write down information about strange vehicles in the neighborhood.
  • Call the police immediately if someone is screaming or being chased by anyone.
  • When calling the police it is very important to give the call taker an accurate description of the suspect, along with any vehicle used.
  • Try to note the following information about a suspicious vehicle:
  • Make and model
  • Body style
  • Color
  • Number of doors
  • License-plate number
  • Any damage or anything unusual about the vehicle
  • Where the vehicle is located or the direction in which it was headed.
  • When describing a suspect, pay close attention to the following details:

General Description:

  • Sex and race
  • Estimated age, height and weight
  • Build (heavy, husky, medium, slim)
  • Hair (color, texture, style, length)
  • Eyes (color, shape, are the eyelashes and eyebrows heavy or light?)
  • Complexion (color, pores, pockmarks, acne, bumps, tattoos)
  • Facial Hair (clean-shaven, beard, mustache, goatee)
  • Peculiarities (large or small nose, large or small ears, marks, scars, deformities, voice, speech, how they walk or talk, etc.
  • Clothing Description:
  • Hat (color; style; any printing on the hat)
  • Coats (color; style, length, any printing on the coat or jacket)
  • Shirt/blouse (color, design, sleeves, collar, any printing on it)
  • Pants: (color, style, length)
  • Socks: (color, pattern, length)
  • Shoes: (color, style)
  • Accessories: (sweater, scarf, gloves, tie)
  • Jewelry: (watch, rings, bracelet, earrings)
  • General appearance: (neat, sloppy, clean or dirty)
  • Oddities: (clothing too large or too small, patches)

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