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After would be Child Predators Spotted in Rensselaer, RPD offers Safety Tips
The following press release was put out by Rensselaer Police on Thursday June 15 after nearly 2 weeks of investigation by the department.
Rensselaer – On June 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm Rensselaer Police were called to the area of the 900 block of E. Washington St for a suspicious vehicle call. Caller told police a shiny black car pulled up and asked the boys if they wanted “candy.” The boys told police that the shiny black car was occupied by two white male subjects. Rensselaer Police continue to investigate this case. Anyone with information can contact us using Rensselaer Police Facebook page or call 866-7602.
Rensselaer Police want you to remind you about stranger safety;
Teach children what kind of touching is appropriate and inappropriate.
Show kids how to say “No!” and get away fast if someone does or says something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
People who hurt kids often scare them by saying they will hurt their parents or other loved ones if they tell. Don’t believe them. Kids can and should always tell a safe grownup if someone does something that hurts them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
Teach children to always let a trusted grownup know where they are going.
Kids should play and travel in groups. Being alone makes them more susceptible to being hurt.
Abductors often trick children into going with them quietly. Teach your kids that adults should ask for help from adults, not children. Abductors have tricked kids into going with them by offering candy, toys, saying that their puppy is lost, or asking the child if they want to see a baby animal or if they can give them directions. If an adult is asking for help, they should say “No!” and run away to tell a safe grownup.
Some abusers pay extra attention to one child, or give the child gifts for no reason in order to build trust with the child before they hurt them. Teach your child to tell you right away if someone gives them a gift or extra attention.
If the worst should happen, and an abductor is actually grabbing a child, they should fall on the ground, kick, scream, bite, and fight as hard and make as much noise as they can.
Rensselaer Police also would like to caution your children when using online or social media sites;
Choose a commercial online service that offers parental control features.
Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.
Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they’ve met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it’s okay to meet their “cyber-friend” should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.
Make sure that access to the Internet at your children’s school is monitored by adults.
Press release from Rensselaer Police Department (RPD).