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[ preventing abductions ]

Although no one wants to think about the abduction of a child, the best prevention is for you and your children to be informed and aware. Below is a list of child safety tips to prevent abductions:
  • Teach your children their full name, address and telephone number.
  • Teach your children how to make a long distance call (both directly to you using the area code and by dialing "0" for operator).
  • Know the routes your child takes to and from school and other activities.
  • Be involved in your child's activities by volunteering at school, clubs, and sporting events.
  • Participate in a neighborhood watch program.
  • Before leaving your child in the care of a day-care, preschool, baby-sitter, or youth organization, check their references and qualifications. Ask if they conduct pre-employment background checks.
  • Teach your child what to do if approached by anyone. Common approaches are offering a ride, gifts, or candy, asking the child look for a lost pet, or claiming that the child's parent has asked them to bring the child home because of an emergency.
  • Listen to your child; don't disregard their fears. Instead, let them know you take their fears and concerns seriously.