Amid attempted abductions, police offer tips to keep kids safe

Published: Feb. 26, 2016 at 3:25 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2016 at 11:32 AM EST
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NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - Parents are on edge after several attempted abductions in Lorain and Elyria on Thursday.

Lorain Police say the girls involved did everything right. They screamed and fought back and got away from the predator.

It's a reminder that your kid should have a plan to stay safe. Police say now is the time to talk to your children.

Many local teachers had that conversation with their students on Thursday.

"If there is someone you don't know, get away. Go to a police officer. Go to someone you know if you're able to. Run. Get away. Kick. Fight. If somebody does try to grab you, do whatever you can to make a lot of noise," said Melissa Sugrue, a teacher in Avon Lake.

Police say your children should have a plan to escape predators. But first, they should practice some safety tips:

Children should use the buddy system and travel in groups, never alone.

Kids shouldn't walk close to any cars that approach them or talk to a stranger.

If someone goes after them, they should scream and fight.

Local parents say the abduction attempts are frightening.

"Lately, you seem to hear more and more about these things. And it's really sad we've gotten to the point, where we have to watch everything that our kids do," said Len Tomlin, a parent.

Safety experts say if your children walk to school, tell them to avoid shortcuts and stick to main roads.

It's also a good idea to identify safe houses of neighbors along the way, where they can go for help.

Lorain and Elyria Police are still looking for the suspects involved in the attempted abductions.

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