The third week in June is traditionally known as one of the busiest vacationing weeks of the year, as many children are fresh off the school year. Authorities urge vacationers to use caution on their trips.
While on vacation, it’s normal to let your guard down and relax. It is vacation after all, but missing children is a huge concern.
Good communication and planning with children is crucial to preventing dangerous or deadly vacations.
It is a very good idea to speak with your child beforehand about what to do if they do get lost, such as a meeting at a noticeable landmark.
AlertID CEO, Ken Wiles says, “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the number one thing you can do to keep your children safe is keep a current picture and recent demographic information of them at all times. We make that simple. There’s a place on the app. called My Family Wallet that allows you to take a picture of your child when you walk into an event. It has all the demographic information that you’ve entered, and if – heaven forbid you get separated – you can grab that file and send it to authorities and other people that can help them find them right away.”
AlertID was developed in Las Vegas, NV, and is usable in many major cities. There is also a feature that shows crimes that have been committed in nearby areas.
An empty house is also a big target for thieves.
Prior to leaving the house, double check and make sure all the doors and windows are secured and locked. If the house will be vacant for longer than a week, call the Post Office and newspaper and have them temporarily stop deliveries while away.
Police recommend vacationers to not leave items outside of the home, such as a child’s bike on the lawn. Don’t tell casual friends or people working on your house about vacation plans.
Another area that potential robbers look at is your Facebook profile. Be careful not to let everyone and their brother know that you are not home.
However, it is prudent to tell someone you trust, like a neighbor, that you won’t be around so they could keep an eye on your house and possible suspicious events.
Keep safe this summer!
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