Thousands of children will be reported missing in this country this year. Child abduction is a tragedy. It devastates family members. It touches all of us. Please carefully read the following information on ways to help keep your child safe.
- Teach your child a stranger is anyone they do not know.
- Establish strict procedures for picking up your child at school.
- Remind your child of your personally-selected secret password and tell him/her never to go with anyone who does not know the password.
- Teach your child his/her full name, your full name, address, and telephone number. Teach him/her how to reach either you or a trusted adult and how to call for police assistance.
- Make sure your child knows how to make a local and long distance telephone call.
- If a child calls 9-1-1, we will have the address where he/she is calling from.
- If your child is at a pay phone, he/she will not have to use money when dialing 9-1-1.
- Listen attentively if your child talks about anyone they encounter in your absence. Advise the school of any suspicious circumstances, so they can advise authorities.
- Have photographs of your child taken four times a year. Make note of birthmarks and other distinguishing features.
It is important to have DNA samples available to give to the Police Department should your child be discovered missing. For information on making your own DNA kit, follow the step-by-step instructions on this web page.
Fingerprinting your child is also important. If you would like your child fingerprinted, please contact the Stockton Police Department's Community Services Section.
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This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011