Nayor distributed a checklist to follow in responding to a call about a missing or abducted child. The police department is available for presentations to community organizations, schools or other groups on topics ranging from anti-bullying for children and adolescents to bicycle safety and crime prevention.
“Parents really should take time to educate their children,” Nayor said. “There should be firm rules.”
Nayor said rules and lessons include:
• Don’t talk to strangers or take rides from strangers.
• Children should know that if someone does try to abduct them, they should yell and kick and avoid being enclosed in a car that could take them away, he said.
• Strangers shouldn’t be allowed into a home.
• Children answering a telephone shouldn’t share personal information.
Children also can learn “to be good witnesses,” Nayor said. For example, if a vehicle is involved, they can get the color and license number of the car, he said. Parents can teach their children through role-playing and other game-like exercises, he said.
Parents and children also should be cautious about adults who are overly friendly to youngsters, Nayor said.
“There are predators out there,” Nayor said. “It could be someone they know.”
Just in case, Nayor said, parents also should have current photographs of their children and make a mental note each day of the clothes they are wearing.
The department also is using social media, including Facebook and the department’s website to provide the community with information to enhance public safety.
In a recently started service, the department is using Nixle, an information provider, to alert residents about weather, street closures, missing persons and other notices, Nayor said. To sign up to receive cellphone text messages or email, visit Nixle’s website at www.nixle.com.