5 Safety Tips to Share With Your Kids – Guest Post


No one wants to think their child could be the victim of a crime. Unfortunately, criminals are prone to targeting vulnerable people and your child may fall into this group. Just recently, a 16 year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint in Huntsville, AL. Thankfully, the boy wasn’t hurt, but it was likely a traumatic experience for him and his parents.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPA), famous for McGruff the Crime Dog, recommends teaching children about stranger dangers and home and neighborhood safety to help “take a bite out of crime.” By teaching children how to be safe, both inside and outside the home, parents can rest easy knowing their children are able to recognize dangerous people and situations.

Robbed at Gunpoint while Pumping Gas

Danger may be lurking around every corner, even at a gas station. The young man was pumping gas at Huntsville’s own Wavaho Station when a black minivan pulled up. An unidentified criminal exited the van and threatened the 16 year-old with a gun, demanding the victim’s wallet and cell phone.

The young man could have attempted to fight or argue in order to save his possessions, but someone had already taught him that his life is more valuable than things. The victim relinquished his property to the criminal, who then fled in the minivan. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any arrests made, but police are working to solve the case.

Safety Tip #1: Set Limits on Where Your Children Can Go

“There are some places in town you just don’t stop…that’s one,” wrote one commenter, after The Huntsville Times broke the story of the robbery.

Although no one is to blame for this crime except the robber, parents are encouraged to learn from this circumstance. It’s important to familiarize yourself with “bad areas” and encourage your children to avoid them.

Safety Tip #2: Help Children Memorize Important Phone Numbers

If something happens to your child’s cell phone, will he know how to reach you? Cell phones make it so easy to store phone numbers that children have stopped memorizing the important ones. Make sure your child knows important emergency phone numbers by heart. That way, if anything ever happens to his cell phone, he can still reach you.  

Safety Tip #3: Secure Your Home

ADT reports that Huntsville, AL residents have a 1 in 120 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. On average, the city sees 9,950 property violations a year. Could you imagine if your child was the only one at home when an attacker decided to break in? Fortunately, modern technology has made it so that the home security systems Huntsville AL has to offer will notify authorities automatically should a break-in occur.

Home security systems have some other benefits, including:

  • Prevention – when a would-be intruder sees flags for a security system, he’ll likely rethink his decision to rob your home
  • Discounts – some homeowners insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners with security systems

Safety Tip #4: Use the Buddy System

Your children are safer when they travel in groups and with friends. Encourage your children to always drive around with friends because there is increased safety in numbers.

Safety Tip #5: Teach Children to Be Wary of Dangerous Situations

The NCPA recommends teaching children from a very young age to recognize potentially dangerous situations. The NCPA reports that gas station thefts are on the rise, likely because attackers are able to completely surprise their victims at the pump. If you want to learn more about how gas station crime can be prevented, check out the NCPA article, Gas Station Theft Prevention. 

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About the Author

Jenna is a freelance blogger who is most often writing about finance and savings, especially for families. In her spare time Jenna is usually reading, riding her bike, or working on some wacky DIY project!



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    Hey, nice and interesting post you wrote here.
    But as for me “Use the Buddy System” can’t be trusted. You never can be 100% sure about the friend. Such buddy can have a bad influence on your child, even if have great manners while adult near.
    And yeah, that post was written in 2014, long 4 years after that need serious modification :)
    For example, some true story of mine:
    My son is 10 y.o. and I really worry about him even while he is playing with his friends in the garden. Why? Lots of kinds in our day already have smartphones. And I read a lot about cyber bulling and stuff.
    So I install a spy app in bestspysoftware/
    site and was really shocked. Yes, I know I shouldn’t do such thing, I think I will use it just for fun few times and then remove it.
    But on the 4th day I notice that someone sends his message that he will be beaten after the school. 10 years old child will be beaten… great time we live in!
    So I just ask my son is he’s doing okay in the school, about bullying, but he just gets scared and said that everything fine. You know that when it happens to you instead of a TV show – it’s really terrifying.
    After I find out when and where they meet up I sneak and film whole the harassment (I was really like a ninja :D).
    On the next day I went to the principle and after a few weeks that bull leave our school. Interesting fact, there were 3 more boys who suffer from the same guy.
    I really like your writing style and hope you update topic with some new tips with kids’ protection.

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