Below is a list of strategies put together by The Child Assault Prevention Project of South Florida to help prevent abductions. Take the time to review these with your kids.
Child Assault Prevention Project
- Teach kids never to give out personal information, like name, address and home phone number.
- Teach kids never to speak to or approach a stranger.
- Use a secret code if someone else will pick up your child after school.
- Teach children different lures that strangers use. Abductors might offer toys or ask for help carrying groceries or finding a puppy (Here is $20, come take a ride with me in my car; Your mom has been in an accident, I need to take you to her; etc.)
- Teach them to use self-defense and other tactics, including yelling to attract attention, running from a gun and running in the opposite direction of a stranger in a car so it would have to make a U-turn to follow. If in the car, kids should try to stick something in the ignition so the car can't start.
- Teach children to practice getting get a description of the stranger and the car to give to police if they have been approached (i.e. color, license plate number, damaged parts; gender, height, scars, piercing or tattoos, color of shoes and/or clothes).