KUSA - Whether traveling with family or staying close to home this summer, it is important to put safety at the top of your summertime list.
The National Crime Prevention Council, home to McGruff the Crime Dog, and AlertID join forces to provide important safety tips and advice to help families keep safe this summer.
"Keeping kids safe while traveling can prove challenging for parents. Being prepared and practicing simple safety rules will help protect your children every day, including while on travel," Ann M. Harkins, NCPC President and CEO, said.
When it comes to summer travel, the details are important. AlertID makes it possible for parents to prepare in advance of their family visit. Parents can register for FREE at AlertID.com and enter an address to see an easy-to-read map showing sex offenders residing or working in the vicinity. Parents can view local crime information in hundreds of major cities and receive crime, severe weather, earthquake and traffic alerts as well.
Before you travel: Snap a photo of the child prior to any event, and enter up-to-date descriptions into AlertID's My Family Wallet (located on AlertID's free mobile app). If the child goes missing, members may access the information on their smartphones and send it quickly to law enforcement when every moment counts.
NCPC also suggests that you review safety rules with kids before you leave home, such as your cell number and what to do in case you become separated. Have children memorize or keep handy your cell phone number and address, as well as the name, phone number, and address of the place you are staying. Remind children to remain in the area where they become separated, and teach them to dial 9-1-1 in emergency situations.
While traveling: Dress kids in bright colors that are easy for you to remember and recognize in a crowd. Always accompany and supervise children in public facilities, including restrooms. Keep children with you at all times and strictly enforce a buddy system for older children, including designating a time and place to meet.
Point out unsafe places to play and discourage kids from taking shortcuts or playing near dangerous intersections. In the event they are approached or grabbed by a stranger, instruct children to yell "This person is trying to take me!" or "This is not my mother/father!" and to resist by pulling, walking or running away.
"Enjoy the summer and keep these important travel and safety tips in mind to help protect you and your children. Being informed, prepared, and sharing safety strategies with our children can truly make a big difference," according to AlertID's Founder, Keli Wilson.
For more information and tips on travel safety, visit the National Crime Prevention Council's website or AlertID's Live Safely Resource Center. For more information and to sign up for a free AlertID account, go to www.AlertID.com.
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