Keeping Your Kids Safe from Strangers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There have been three "stranger danger" incidents in the metro area in the past week. In each case, the children have escaped unharmed.

The more recent case happened in the North Kansas City School District. Around 8:30 Monday morning, several kids told deputies a man followed them near 43rd and North Virginia. Last week, there were two similar stranger danger cases in Shawnee.

While investigators to do not believe the incidents are connected, Craig Hill, a retired deputy chief with the Leawood Police Department and a former consultant with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C. says now is a perfect time for parents to talk to their children in case a stranger approaches the youngsters.

"Well, I think the first thing children have to remember is to use common sense," Hill told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during an interview Monday.

First, Hill says parents should be frank with their kids and tell them if a stranger approaches them to try their darndest to get away.

"All kids are born with what we call an oh, oh alarm. It's a feeling inside and if they ever feel uncomfortable, they should get away from that feeling," says Hill.

Second, Hill says kids, even if you're afraid, yell as loud as you can for help.

Finally, Hill stresses kids should immediately tell an adult or someone they trust, if a stranger confronts them for any reason.

Parents can also go to www.missingkid.com or www.netsmartz.org for additional information and keeping your kids safe from strangers.

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