RCMP offering child ID kits in Terrace, B.C.

The event, including fingerprinting, takes place at the Skeena Mall May 25

TERRACE RCMP are offering child ID kits, including fingerprinting, at the Skeena Mall May 25

A child disappears — it’s a parent’s worst nightmare. If this happens, a Child ID kit can be an invaluable tool in assisting emergency personnel in their search, a tool local families can obtain on May 25.

Terrace RCMP is joining forces with its new community partner, The Skeena Mall, to provide Child ID kits for children on Thursday May 25 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. near Winners.

All ages are welcome to participate in this free event to complete the kits, which include fingerprints.

May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day. It marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Etan Patz, who went missing when he was age six. He has never been found. The day of his disappearance serves to recognize and renew hope for all missing children.

National Missing Children’s Day provides us with a reminder of all the children who are still missing, but also of the importance to take the time to review safety and awareness with our children, says Terrace RCMP Constable Crystal Evelyn.

Some prevention and awareness tools to teach children include:

A stranger is not necessarily someone never seen or met before, but could be someone already known and even seen every day.

Ensure a child knows their full name, parent’s full name, full address, and telephone number.

Explain how to use the phone. Include area code, collect calls, pay phones, and how to reach an operator. Show them where the emergency numbers are posted at home.

Never answer the door when home alone, or tell anyone over the phone that they are home alone.

It is best to travel in groups and to stay away from isolated areas. Avoid empty lots, fields, and parks.

Tell a parent when they feel something is suspicious or wrong, and about a person they do not like. Trust instincts.

For more information about Canada’s missing children go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.org.

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