Colorado Bureau of Investigation Release
With more than 800,000 children reported missing across the country last year, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is asking parents to "Take 25" and talk with their kids about personal safety issues as part of National Missing Children's Day on Friday, May 25, 2012.
"Take 25" is a national effort through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that encourages parents to spend 25 minutes with their children to talk about risks they face from abductors, online predators and other criminals," said Kristina Bomba, CBI's AMBER Alert Program Coordinator. "These are critical conversations that can provide children and young adults with the necessary tools to avoid becoming a victim."
According to NCMEC, 84% of children escape would-be abductors through their own actions by yelling, kicking, pulling away, running away or attracting attention. For a complete list of safety tips visit www.take25.org
In 2011 there were 9,601 children reported missing in Colorado
To give a voice to the 9,601 missing children in the state, and to promote awareness of this important topic, CBI is proud to partner with the First Judicial District Attorney serving Jefferson and Gilpin counties at Southwest Plaza mall (8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO) on Friday, May 25 from 3pm - 7pm. CBI will offer Child ID kits for parents to quickly and easily collect DNA data to assist investigators in missing person cases, while Cheezo and Mike Harris from the District Attorney's Child Internet Investigations Sex Offender Unit will provide Internet and cell phone safety information for kids.
Can't make it to Southwest Plaza to meet Cheezo? Parents can access a number of resources for information about this important topic:
Since 1983, our nation has observed May 25th as National Missing Children's Day. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan and observed by every administration since, May 25th is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school.
For nearly three decades, the search for Etan has continued. However, today, just as that day when President Reagan proclaimed the first National Missing Children's Day, Etan is still missing. The widespread attention brought to his case and those of others eventually led to a nationwide commitment to help locate and recover missing children. National Missing Children's Day honors this commitment by reminding parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to make child safety a priority.