With school already in session, children will be walking to and from school. Parents will have to remind their children some important safety tips:
â€¢ Remind your child never to talk to strangers and never get close to a strangerâ€™s vehicle. Strangers will always have some story to get near a child, e.g., lost dog, directions, etc.
â€¢ Never accept rides from a stranger.
â€¢ Walk with friends to/from school, never alone.
â€¢ Know routes to school and consider having a â€œSafe Houseâ€ to go in an emergency. This can be a store or a friend/relativeâ€™s house.
â€¢ Never give name/address to a stranger.
â€¢ If a stranger follows you, walk in the opposite direction and have your child return to school, or go to the nearest store and call the police.
â€¢ Have your child yell and scream should a stranger attempt to grab them and run away.
â€¢ Know where the nearest â€œEmergency Call Boxesâ€ are located. These are easily identifiable by their blue light at the top of a red pole. These emergency phones connect directly to the police department and located at certain intersections throughout the city.
â€¢ 911 is a free call from any pay phone.
â€¢ If your child has a cell phone, have the police department phone number stored on it. The number to call from a cell phone is 626-403-7297. This number goes directly to the police dispatcher.
â€¢ Carry identification with parentâ€™s name and phone numbers.
â€¢ Be cautious of labeling your childâ€™s name on backpacks, or similar items that can be easily seen. Strangers can call out to your child by name pretending to know them.
At Home Alone
â€¢ Never open door to strangers.
â€¢ Have all emergency phone numbers listed.
â€¢ Never have your child say that they are home alone.
â€¢ Let answering machines pick up telephone calls.
â€¢ Remind your child not to allow anyone in the house without your permission.
â€¢ Know whom your child hangs around.
â€¢ Remember that children are curious, lock up all medication and especially firearms.
â€¢ If they return home and see a window open, or broken, remind them NOT to enter. Go to a neighborâ€™s house and call the police.