Children get fingerprinted for identification

Terrace RCMP make up about 70 Child ID Kits for children last Saturday.

Terrace RCMP Auxiliary Constable Dwayne Sheppard fingerprints Alexis Hugon.

Terrace RCMP Auxiliary Constable Dwayne Sheppard fingerprints Alexis Hugon.

TERRACE RCMP auxiliary officers fingerprinted about 70 children in three hours for Child ID Kits for children at the Terrace Walmart May 25.

This is the second year that we have partnered with Walmart to host this free community service. This year it was held on the National Missing Children’s Day. Having a completed Child ID Kit to assist emergency personnel in searching for a missing child is an invaluable resource. The best thing a parent can do to protect their child is teach them to be safe and aware, says Const. Angela Rabut, community policing/media relations Terrace RCMP.

Some prevention and awareness tools to teach children include:

  1. A stranger is not necessarily someone never seen or met before, but could be someone already known and even seen every day.
  2. Ensure a child knows his/her full name, parent’s full name, full address, and telephone number.
  3. Explain how to use the phone. Include area code, collect calls, pay phones, and how to reach an operator. Show where the emergency numbers are posted at home.
  4. Never answer the door when home alone, or tell anyone over the phone that they are home alone.
  5. It is best to travel in groups and to stay away from isolated areas. Avoid empty lots, fields, and parks.
  6. 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 people, go to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains website http://www.canadasmissing.ca/index-eng.htm.