By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The attempted abduction of a teenage girl last week and the upcoming summer vacation for area students has prompted law enforcement officials to offer tips on how to protect children from potential predators.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo said parents play a key role in teaching children how to protect themselves from danger.
Tips for parents include:
• Teach your children safety rules.
• There is safety in numbers — always walk with a friend.
• Tell adults where you are going and when you will be home.
• Be aware of your surroundings — notice if there are people nearby or if anything is suspicious or out of place.
• DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS.
• If someone approaches you, run away and go to a safe place. Go to a neighbor you know is home, to a business that is open.
• If you have to go back home, lock the door and do not open it.
• If you feel threatened, call 9-1-1
• Tell your parents about anything or anyone that has made you feel uncomfortable.
• If a stranger grabs you and attempts to kidnap you, scream, yell, kick, run away. Create a disturbance so people in the area will know something is wrong.
• Report — Report — Report the incident immediately.