Tips to Protect Your Children
It is important to talk to your children about crime and safety at an early age.
Although children may be more susceptible to deception than an adult, proper training
on your part will reinforcement their ability to become safe little citizens.
- Never leave small children alone in a public place. If you cannot take your children
to school, have them walk to school with an older brother, sister or friend. Don’t
allow young children to roam the neighborhood, trick or treat, or sell things door-to-door
without an adult.
- Tell your children to never to answer the door if they are alone and never let anyone
in the house without your permission.
- Teach children telephone safety. Children who are alone should tell callers that
their parents are unable to come to the telephone. Warn them not to give their name
or address to any unknown caller.
- Warn your children not to talk to strangers. Remind them never to enter a car or
home of a stranger.
- Make sure your child knows to scream and run if approached by anyone threatening.
Your child should be taught to ALWAYS tell you if he or she is approached by a stranger
who asks for help, offers candy/gifts, or frightens him/her in anyway. Your child
should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.
- Teach children how to use 911 or another emergency telephone number. Leave a an
emergency contact number so that babysitters can reach someone in an emergency.
- Teach children their home telephone number and address. Show them how to call home
from a pay phone even without money. teach them to do this at an early age. They
should also know an alternate telephone number such as your cell phone, work number,
or relative's number.
- Don't let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it. A child will tend
to pay attention to anyone calling him or her by name.
- Videotape and take photos of your child two or three times per year, including profile
shots. Keep a growth chart of your child; know his or her height. Keep a written
record of all birthmarks, scars and identifying features, like moles or freckles.
This will help identify your child in the event they become missing.
- Do not leave a child unattended while shopping, visiting with neighbors or friends,
or running errands. Under no circumstances should you leave a child alone in a car
- Make sure your child always checks with you before going anywhere with anyone.
- Have your child complete a National Child ID kit. These kits are regularly distributed
by the North Bergen Police Department during various North Bergen Township functions.
Contact the Department for more information on our next event.