Protecting Kids From Abductions

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

Whether kids are playing in the park, out with friends, or with adults, they can fall victim to predators. Officials say that's why parents and caregivers need to be ready for anything.

"In the event that something would happen, be prepared to provide law enforcement with information to prevent something serious from happening," says Captain Jeffrey Frenette of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

More than 600 children have been reported missing this year alone in Wisconsin. Thanks to the Amber Alert system some of those kids have been found alive and well. Even so, officials say there's still more that can be done and it starts in the home.
"I'm a parent of two children, two years old and five years old, and it's important for me to know they're safe at all times," says Ann Heinzen, a concerned parent.

Here are ways to help keep your kids safe this summer:

  • Keep on hand identification information, i.e.: finger prints, hair sample, recent photos

  • Teach kids phone number, address, full name

  • Teach kids how to make long distance call

  • Talk to kids about strangers

  • Always know where your children are and who they're going with.

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