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Los Altos Police Department
Tuesday November 19th, 2019 :: 04:14 p.m. PST


Holiday Safety Tips: Keeping Children Safe in Crowds

With the busy holiday season upon us, we will often find ourselves in crowded, busy areas.  Whether you are at the mall, a holiday tree lighting ceremony, or our very own Festival of Lights Parade, it is easy for children and their adults to get separated.  Keep these safety tips in mind as you venture out:

  • Before leaving the house, take a photo of your child with a camera or phone. If you become separated, you will have an up-to-date photo of your child and what he or she is wearing to give to officials.
  • Teach your child about safe people, such as police officers, security, firefighters, or crossing guards who can help them.  If none of these are available, encourage them to find another mom with kids to assist them.
  • Kids should be taught your full names and phone numbers.  For the wee little ones, options include putting your phone number in their pocket, on bead necklaces, or sticker sealed paper wrist bands.
  • Once you arrive at your destination, designate a meeting spot in case you get separated from each other.  The location should be distinctive and easy to find, such as a statue, or restaurant with a bright marquee.
  • Talk with children about the trusted adults in their life who help keep them safe, and what to do when they encounter someone they don't know. Teach them never to get into a car or go along with someone unfamiliar to them.  Practice with your child to forcefully say "no!" and move away as fast as possible, loudly yelling for help.
If you witness suspicious people, unusual behaviors, or unattended packages, report the information immediately.  If you are separated from your child in a crowded space, report it immediately.  The more eyes you have looking for your child, the quicker you can be reunited.  Separation from our children is a frightening experience for all parties, and we want to ensure a speedy resolution and reunification.  Happy Holidays from the Los Altos Police Department! 

Contact: Captain Katie Krauss
Phone: (650) 947-2770


Los Altos Police Department
1 N San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-947-2770

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