Thousands of children are reported missing in this country each year. Child abduction is a tragedy that devastates families and the community.
Please read these 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. Tell your child to 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 from a home phone, 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 alert authorities.
- Have photographs of your child taken four times a year. Make note of birthmarks and other distinguishing features.
Have DNA samples available to give to the Police Department should your child go missing. For information on making your own DNA kit, follow these step-by-step instructions.
Fingerprinting your child is also important. Please contact the Stockton Police Department's Community Services Section.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/1/2015