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  1. Have your child fingerprinted, and keep the card in a safe place along with pictures updated every 6 months and an accurate description, including scars. Click here for a Child ID Kit.
  2. Teach your children their telephone number, area code and address.
  3. Show your children how to dial the operator and what to say (Tell them to say on the line, if possible.) Practice this.
  4. Know where your child is at all times.
  5. Don't let your child go to a public restroom alone.
  6. Don't leave your child alone in the car.
  7. Don't put your child's name - first or last - on hats, caps, jackets, bikes, wagons, etc. Remember, a child responds to a first name. A person using that name will automatically not be thought of as a stranger.
  8. Teach your children to avoid strangers. A stranger is someone they don't know very well.
  9. Don't leave your children in the toy section of a store or wandering in a mall. If they do get lost or bothered, tell them to go to the cashier for help.
  10. Know your child's friends.
  11. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. are the time that juvenile crime jumps 300%. So, encourage kids to have after school activities.
  12. Be involved in your child's activities.
  13. Practice with your child ways he/she may walk to and from friends' homes or school.
  14. Make it clear to your child to whose home he/she may go to play or visit.
  15. Teach your child which homes are "safe" to go into near your home when you are not around.
  16. Listen when your child tells you that he/she doesn't want to be with someone. Find out the reason.
  17. Notice if someone pays undue attention to your child.
  18. Encourage parent-child communication.
  19. Never belittle any fear of concern your child has - real or imaginary.
  20. Tell your children that if anything happens, you will look for them no matter how long it takes to find them.
  21. Organize safe houses in your neighborhood with signs in the windows. Teach the children to go there if they are frightened.