Police have urged parents to instill in their children a sense of security and the use of instinct, as well as teach them how to remember emergency contacts.
SCP Fred Enanga made this call while addressing journalists during the weekly security brief at Police Headquarters in Naguru on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Enanga advised parents to teach their children to avoid using shortcuts and to watch out for stalkers who are on foot, motorcycles and motor vehicles.
“Avoiding shortcuts, watching out of stockers on foot, motorcycles, and motor vehicles, we need to teach our children how to be very security conscious and use their instincts, especially when they are being followed,” Enanga said.
He also advised parents to teach their children not to talk to strangers and never to accept lifts from someone not approved by them. In addition, he required parents to teach their children to memorise contact information.
“Tell your children to avoid talking to strangers, never accept lifts from someone not approved by the parents, and memorise contact information, including their full names, home addresses, and phone numbers,” Enanga said.
Enanga advised parents to avoid printing their children’s names on bags and uniforms to avoid being abducted.
“There are also parents who print the names of their children on uniforms and school bags you are giving out a lot of information that somebody may use that to get to your child and show that they know them and get them abducted. Let’s conceal some of these names on uniforms and school bags,” he added.
He said that parents ought to teach their children to remain alert and vigilant and never leave the school premises unattended.