Child Abductions – How to Keep Your Family Safe

The Harford County Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents and adults to make sure they share information with their children regarding stranger danger. Download the free "Be Safe" workbook for kids from the Amber Watch Foundation at
http://www.amberwatchfoundation.org/be_safe_program/book_files/AWF-Be_Safe-Workbook-20081118.pdf.

Provided from the National Crime Prevention Council

  • Memorize your home phone number and address, and your parents' work and cell phone numbers, or write these numbers on a card and carry it with you.
  • If a stranger asks you to go somewhere, offers you a gift, or just wants to talk, say you need to ask your parents first. Then go and tell your parents or a trusted adult.
  • Be aware of dangerous situations. If a stranger asks you for help or to keep a "secret," it could be a dangerous situation. Say no and tell a trusted adult.
  • Remember the rules about strangers: Don’t talk to them, don’t go anywhere with them, and don’t take anything from them.
  • Never get into a car with a stranger or even a family friend if you sense there is a problem, a parent hasn't told you about a scheduled pick-up, or you just feel funny about it.
  • If you see something that doesn't seem right, like a car you don't recognize driving around your block again and again, tell an adult right away. This way you can help keep your neighborhood safe.
  • Stick with friends. It's always safer to play in a group.
  • Work out a safe route to school with your parents. Stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields, and other places where there aren't many people around.
  • Whenever you can, walk to and from school with a friend, brother, sister, or neighbor. Don't go by yourself.
  • If you are out with your parents, have a plan if you get separated from them. Know where to meet them and how to get in touch with them if you can't find them.

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