Child abduction is a real thing and while Chesapeake is generally a safe community, we’re not immune to such threats. If you have children, it’s important to discuss safety with them in an age appropriate way so that they’re ready to react if need be.
In the age of cell phones, few of us know anyone’s number by heart but your children should definitely know yours. Make sure they also know their address and how and when to call 911.
Tell your children to never accept candy or gifts from strangers and to never go with a stranger, even if they promise fun or are asking for help. If an adult is making them feel uncomfortable or unsafe, they shouldn’t fear being rude or getting in trouble for not listening to an adult. They should beware any adult who asks them to keep secrets from their parents.
Go over people in your child’s life who can be trusted like friends, neighbors, or relatives. Always communicate with your child who will be picking them up and choose from people they already know so that they learn to turn down any rides from strangers.
If your child ever tells you about being approached by a stranger in an unsafe way, report the interaction to the police non-emergency line, 382-6161, and contact your child’s school.