Teaching Your Kids The Abduction Lures - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/6/04

Teaching Your Kids The Abduction Lures

Lubbock police say children can easily be lured if someone knows the right thing to say. "There's all kinds of child lures it just depends on what a perpetrator wants to use," says Mark Long, Corporal of the Lubbock Police Department's Neighborhood Services.

Corporal Long says these lures are commonly used.

  1. Can you help me find my puppy?
  2. Do you want to see my kitten? "They'll use props like candies, kittens, toys or anything like that," he said.

Some will pretend they are friends of the child's parents trying to convince the child their daddy is hurt, or mommy is hurt and to come with them. "Some of them will get them close to the vehicles and just ask them, 'Can you get them to drop off my mail for me in the mailbox," said Long.

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Corporal Long says those suspects are trying to get the child as close to them in order to nab the child. "You can start training your kids as soon as they start understanding. That's as young as 2-years-old," said Long.

Long says do some role playing with your kids.

  1. Show them how someone would approach.
  2. Teach them to stay at arms length from that stranger.
  3. Tell them if a stranger does talk to them to be short in their answers but also walk away.
  4. Tell them to scream if they're scared.

Corporal Long says to be aware of your neighborhood too. Check out how many sex offenders live your neighborhood and teach your children where they live at to stay away from those houses.

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