Stranger Danger

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing or abducted. Recently nearby Aurora and Lisle, there were two attempted child abduction incidents.

In both cases, men approached girls and tried to lure them into cars. The children refused and ran away. Police shared those incidents with both Naperville school districts and passed along the warning to parents.

These recent incidents gave District 204 School Resource Officer Cory Cullinan another chance to talk to students about safety.

“We remind them to never walk alone they should have a friend,” said Cullinan.
“We talk to kids about anytime they feel uncomfortable and a stranger is someone who strikes them as odd.”

If your child has a cell phone or if they don’t have one, Cullinan reminds parents to make sure their child has important phone numbers memorized in case that cell phone gets lost or stolen.

Even children walking home alone have to be on the lookout. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, most abductions occur within a quarter of a mile from the victim’s home.

That statistic has some parents thinking twice about their child walking home.
“We live right across the street and I won’t let him walk alone,” said Naperville resident Kimberly Vasquez.

Some families have worked out a special system so their kids can identify a safe adult in case of an emergency.

“We have created a password, so if they don’t know that password, then they never go with them,” said Naperville resident Stephanie Birch.
The Naperville Police are asking residents and children to be vigilant in school zones and to report suspicious vehicles and drivers.


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