800,000 children are reported missing in the United States every year, according to the national center for missing and exploited children.
While some of these are runaways or family abductions – many of these are stranger abduction cases- and Emily Medalen has the most recently updated rules and tips to keep this from happening to your family.
Today is National Missing Children’s day. It’s a day to remember the thousands of children who are missing, and to be reminded how important it is to teach them safety.
I spoke with Sgt. Mark Buschena at the Bismarck Police Department, who says these crimes can be prevented.
He said keeping updated, high-quality photos of your kids is very important in case they go missing.
Also, teach them the concept that not all bad guys look bad.
“A stranger, for a child, is a hard concept to understand. They may think it’s somebody that looks bad or scary, or has bad teeth or long hair. So instead of being aware of certain people, they should be looking for certain situations,” says Sgt. Mark Buschena, Bismarck Police Dept.
These situations include things like adults asking them for help, offering gifts, or coming too close without consent.
Sgt. Buschena added that you should teach them to be careful, but don’t scare them.