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How To Keep Your Kids Safe In Your Neighborhood

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

In light of the Jessica Ridgeway murder and child luring cases in the Springs, the police department is being proactive, offering ways to keep your kids safe.

With Halloween right around the corner, and two luring cases last week and the loss of Jessica Ridgeway fresh in their minds, parents are being proactive.

We talked with parents to see if they are following the same tips that police are now offering families on their Facebook page.

"They are always with someone. And it's really sad that you got to be on it and so scared, but it's reality and the kids depend on you,” said mother Shawna Burns.

That’s why Shawna makes sure her two kids know where to go for help in their neighborhood.

"We have people who are across the street, we have the lodge in the park, and we always have my mom and dad around the corner. They have several people they can go to if Mommy and Daddy aren’t home or if we are not close enough,” said Burns.

For the Westfall family, their kids can only go so far, and are always in contact.

"They have to be home within a specific amount of time and we give them very specific rules of what they can get away with. Even with friends they still have to check-in often,” said mother Laura Westfall.

Both families we talked to followed the advice police are offering now on their Facebook page. Here is the list of safety tips:

Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents:

-Unfortunately no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe.

- Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.

- Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you.

-Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go to?

-Get to know your children's friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised.

-Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries and police stations.

-Teach children to settle arguments with words, not fists. Roleplay talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies.

-Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.


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