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Abduction Prevention

30 Ways to help prevent a child abduction

Young Children Should

  • Never say they are alone if they answer the phone: They can offer to take a message or say their parents will phone back.
  • Never answer the door if they are alone.
  • Not invite anyone in the house without the permission of a parent or babysitter.
  • Not go into people’s houses without letting anyone know where they are.
  • Never get into anyone’s car without permission.
  • Not take candy or other gifts from strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.
  • Never play in deserted buildings or isolated areas.
  • Scream and yell fire and scatter books and belongings if they are forced toward a building or car.
  • Move away from a car that pulls up beside them if they do not know the driver.
  • Be taught that it’s all right to say ‘no’ to an adult if the person wants them to do something you’ve taught them is wrong.
  • Know that no one has the right to touch any part of their bodies that a bathing suit would cover.
  • Tell, school authorities or a police officer about anyone who exposes private parts.
  • Go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from your parents in a store or mall.


Older Children & Teens should

  • Tell you where they are at all times or leave a written or recorded message at home.
  • Never hitchhike.
  • Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields or alleys.
  • Run home or go to the nearest public place and yell for help if they are being followed.
  • Learn to recognize suspicious behavior and remember a description of the person or vehicle to give you or the police. Write the plate number in the dirt or snow if nothing else is available.
  • If attacked for money, jewelry or clothing; give it up rather than risking injury.
  • Feel that they can talk to you and call you to pick them up at any time, any place.


You Should

  • Avoid clothing and toys with your child’s name on it. A child is less likely to fear someone who knows his or her name.
  • Check all potential babysitters and older friends of your child.
  • Never leave your child alone in a public place, stroller or car. Not even for a minute.
  • Always accompany young children to the bathroom in a public place and advise them never to play in or around the area.
  • Always accompany your child on door-to-door activities, i.e. Halloween, school fundraising campaigns, etc.
  • Point out safe houses or homes with the Block Parent sign where children can go if they are in trouble.
  • Create an environment in which the child feels free to talk to you. Let him/her know that you are interested and sensitive to their fears.
  • Teach them that the police are their friends and that they can rely on them if they are in trouble.
  • Keep an up-to-date color photograph of your child, a medical and dental history, and have your child fingerprinted.