What Parents Should Tell Kids About Kidnappings

There’s new information about a kidnapping investigation in Saratoga Springs. A 9-year-old boy says he escaped a kidnapping Tuesday night. 
The body told police he was walking to his friend’s place Tuesday evening near 1250 North Commerce Drive. 
According to the child, a man drove up, grabbed him by the waist and pulled him into an SUV. The boy escaped when the suspect stopped behind nearby Smith’s grocery store. 
Police say they’re looking for a white man with dark shoulder length hair and a goatee. His SUV is described as possibly tan or gold Chevy Tahoe. 
These situations are always scary for parents, but the executive director of Children’s Center says you should avoid telling your kids about it. He says you could end up stressing them out. You should make sure your children know a few things to prevent being kidnapped which include not approaching someone they don’t know and avoid traveling alone. 
“Children should, in really rare circumstances be wondering down the street by themselves because that targets kids. If they’re in pairs, they won’t be targeted. That may or may not have presented that situation, because people hunting for kids aren’t going to grab two.. They know that’s virtually impossible,” said Douglas Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. 
Another tip for parents is to make sure your kids know how to scream. Experts say screaming really is a skill so practicing it with your kids and making sure they know how to scream as loud as they can can help deter kidnappers. 

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