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Nov. 23, 2011

Tips for keeping your child safe from potential threats

The Chandler Police Department would like to offer tips for parents, when speaking to their children about stranger-danger and other potential threats to their safety:

  • A child should never walk alone. A group of children offers safety in numbers.
     
  • If your child walks to and from school, church, or any other location on a regular basis, establish a route for your child to take. Make sure your child knows the street names of their route, and ensure they use the same route on a daily basis.
     
  • Discourage your child from using alleys, greenbelts, or less traveled roadways for getting around. Walking or riding on a well-traveled neighborhood street allows the greatest visibility.
     
  • Safety requires constant vigilance. Children should be aware of their surroundings at all times. This includes suspicious people, vehicles, or uncomfortable locations they may pass by.
     
  • Encourage your child to act on their impulse to run away if their gut feeling tells them to.