Family Safety Planning Tips

A message from Hutchinson Police Chief, Dan Hatten

I believe it is important to teach children how to avoid being seized, how to resist a potential captor and how to escape. Kids are vulnerable and trusting, and it is our job as parents to remind them of basic safety rules, including:

1.Don’t walk away with anyone other than a parent, or the person who was already arranged to take care of you that day. 2. Remember, an adult does not need help from a child — not to find a puppy, not for anything. If an adult is asking you for help, that’s a warning sign. 3. Avoid getting into a car with a stranger at all costs. 4. Know the rules: what is OK and what is not OK, and have confidence to take action if you feel someone is trying to take advantage of you.

The most important thing parents can do is to communicate openly with their children at home. Have a home atmosphere in which kids can let you know what is going on in their life. A very important point is to re-learn old concepts of adult/children interaction. Teach your child his rights. He has the right to say “no.” Children should know there are different rules for different situations; they don’t have to always be polite. Politeness can translate into doing what the potential abductor says.

Teach Your Child Techniques to Avoid Being Taken In any potential abduction situation, there are windows of opportunity for the child to make choices that could save his or her life. Abductors win through intimidation, so it is very important to give your child good self-esteem and the confidence to carry through these possibly life-saving techniques. Consider practicing these techniques at home or school, with other parents and kids. The more kids practice, the more they will remember these techniques, and the more secure and confident they will feel in following through if they ever have to.

  1. The Velcro technique — Make like Velcro: Grab and hold onto something and do not let go. Grab a tree, grab a bike, grab a stop sign post, or even grab a different adult, because another adult is not usually involved in an abduction. This makes it harder to disengage a child in an attempted abduction. 2. Yell as loud as you can “Stop, Stranger!” — Teach your child that anyone that is not a mother or father is in the new definition of a stranger if they are trying to take you away. 3. Windmill technique or swimming technique — Rotate arms in a big circle, preventing attacker from getting a good grip. This can turn attackers arms inside out — which is a weaker position from which he could grab hold of the child. 4. Make a lot of noise — Give a child a whistle on a necklace and teach them to blow on that whistle when they might be in danger. Bang on something, scream, be loud to call attention from others who might be able to help. A good commotion can frighten an abductor and by shifting the balance of power, turn the tables on them.

How to escape from a car If a child is somehow placed into a car by an abductor, there is usually a three-hour window of opportunity. The abductor doesn’t usually hurt the child immediately — there is time to escape if the child-learned-behavior allows the child not to panic and be reactive. Therefore, it is helpful for children to know methods of escaping, such as the following:

  1. Reach for the door and try to get out immediately. 2. Do not be passive. In a four-door car, the child can jump in the backseat and try the door quickly. 3. If the child is placed in a trunk, don’t panic: Look for a panel in the trunk that comes right out when you pull on it. Tear the wires to the tail-lights and brakes. Police might then pull the abductor over.

Abductors are often someone whom the child knows Abductors don’t usually fit the stereotypical profile of a scary, creepy stranger or dirty old man. Motives are often sexual and most are not true strangers. They target children and seek their confidence by developing a casual relationship with them. Family abductors make up the majority of kidnap offenders, as in a custody battle.

Final safety reminders for parents 1. Know where your children are, and know who they know. 2. Pay attention to changes in your child’s behavior. 3. Never leave your child alone in a public place, car, or stroller. 4. Never ask a stranger to hold your baby, even for an instant. 5. Don’t label their lunch boxes or clothing. 6. Don’t let children go out alone. Remember the buddy system in swimming. 7. Teach your child their telephone number, how to contact you and a close friend. 8. Pay attention to threats. 9. In custody battles, get social security, credit card numbers, and addresses. 10. Take a lot of photos of your child and keep them current. 11. Keep dental and medical records. 12. Have a neighborhood meeting so that children know safe houses in the neighborhood where they can run in the case of an emergency. 13. Never open the door without having a secret password between you and your child. 14. Older children should be encouraged to use their critical thinking and intuition, and to anticipate, for example, slow-driving cars in front of a neighborhood or playground.

Remember, above all else, safety first. Prevention is the key. Develop a family plan of action for emergency and crisis situation, and practice and rehearse them with your children through role modeling and role-playing. Teach your children the rules, and give them the confidence they need to be able to follow through on the escape techniques outlined above. Emphasize your child’s right of privacy and ownership, and that sexual advances from adults are against the law.

If they are involved and invested, children are more likely to remember and take action if someone tries to abduct them. We have to empower our kids to help keep them safe.

How to escape from a car If a child is somehow placed into a car by an abductor, there is usually a three-hour window of opportunity. The abductor doesn’t usually hurt the child immediately — there is time to escape if the child-learned-behavior allows the child not to panic and be reactive. Therefore, it is helpful for children to know methods of escaping, such as the following:

  1. Reach for the door and try to get out immediately. 2. Do not be passive. In a four-door car, the child can jump in the backseat and try the door quickly. 3. If the child is placed in a trunk, don’t panic: Look for a panel in the trunk that comes right out when you pull on it. Tear the wires to the tail-lights and brakes. Police might then pull the abductor over.

Abductors are often someone whom the child knows Abductors don’t usually fit the stereotypical profile of a scary, creepy stranger or dirty old man. Motives are often sexual and most are not true strangers. They target children and seek their confidence by developing a casual relationship with them. Family abductors make up the majority of kidnap offenders, as in a custody battle.

Final safety reminders for parents

  1. Know where your children are, and know who they know.
  2. Pay attention to changes in your child’s behavior.
  3. Never leave your child alone in a public place, car, or stroller.
  4. Never ask a stranger to hold your baby, even for an instant.
  5. Don’t label their lunch boxes or clothing.
  6. Don’t let children go out alone. Remember the buddy system in swimming.
  7. Teach your child their telephone number, how to contact you and a close friend.
  8. Pay attention to threats.
  9. In custody battles, get social security, credit card numbers, and addresses.
  10. Take a lot of photos of your child and keep them current.
  11. Keep dental and medical records.
  12. Have a neighborhood meeting so that children know safe houses in the neighborhood where they can run in the case of an emergency.
  13. Never open the door without having a secret password between you and your child.
  14. Older children should be encouraged to use their critical thinking and intuition, and to anticipate, for example, slow-driving cars in front of a neighborhood or playground.

Remember, above all else, safety first. Prevention is the key. Develop a family plan of action for emergency and crisis situation, and practice and rehearse them with your children through role modeling and role-playing. Teach your children the rules, and give them the confidence they need to be able to follow through on the escape techniques outlined above. Emphasize your child’s right of privacy and ownership, and that sexual advances from adults are against the law.

If they are involved and invested, children are more likely to remember and take action if someone tries to abduct them. We have to empower our kids to help keep them safe.

          Safety tips from Dr. Gail Gross

          Respectfully,

          Daniel T. Hatten

          Hutchinson Police Chief

Stay Active – Day and Night

Soak up every last bit of perfect running weather in these two back to back weekends that will have you running all night and all day. 

 

Ready. Set. Glow.  September 10th

McLeod for Tomorrow’s Glow Run promises to have event more glow than last year.  Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  Get glowing and register here

 

Luce Line Lace-Up September 17th

With a  1k, 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, this event has a distance for everyone.  If you really want to get wild, register for the Triple Crow to run the 10k, then the 5k, then the 1k Dash. That’s right.  Almost 10 miles total for a collection of race shirts, bling, swag bag (duffle bag), finisher medals and (most importantly) bragging rights. Lace-Up and register here. This race benefits MEADA, Special Olympics, and Heart of Hutch (Thank you!).

And it’s not so coincidental that this event is happening during Arts and Craft Festival and Taste of Hutchinson.  When we say #MuchinHutch, we don’t always mean on the same day, but September 17th will have it all!

Proceeds from the Glow Run and Luce Line Lace-Up help make Hutchinson and our surrounding communities better.  THANK YOU race organizers, sponsors, and volunteers.

 

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Paddle Sport Rentals – City of Hutchinson

Hutchinson Parks, Recreation and Community Education has a variety of paddle sport rentals available during the summer months. [Read more…]

An Introduction to Fitness Original Series

An Introduction to Fitness Original Series is brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Hutchinson has a variety of fitness opportunities available.  The Introduction to Fitness videos below gives you just a taste of what is available.

CrossFit

Outdoor Fitness

Spin

Stability Ball

Strength and Stretching Essentials

Yoga

Yoga Sculpt

Zumba

Zumba Toning

 

 

An Introduction to Fitness: Spin

SWEAT ‘Spin’ is part of the Introduction to Fitness Original Series brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Connect with SWEAT to find out more about classes and schedules.

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An Introduction to Fitness: Outdoor Fitness at Rotary Park

The Introduction to Fitness Original Series is brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Outdoor fitness equipment is available for use at Rotary Park (off of School Road by the golf course).  In addition to the fitness equipment, Rotary Park also has a children’s play are, shelter, bathrooms and a 1/2 mile paved loop.  The paved loop is perfect for walking, running and biking (especially with little ones).

Explore the rest of the series here.

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An Introduction to Fitness: CrossFit

Iron Jungle ‘CrossFit’ is part of the Introduction to Fitness Original Series brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Connect with Iron Jungle to find out more about classes and schedules.

Explore the rest of the series here.

 

An Introduction to Fitness: Stability Ball

Ricky’s Fitness and 35 Main ‘Stability Ball’ is part of the Introduction to Fitness Original Series brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Connect with Ricky and 35 Main to find out more about classes and schedules.

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An Introduction to Fitness: Yoga

Genesis and Enso Spa ‘Yoga’ is part of the Introduction to Fitness Original Series brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Connect with Genesis and Enso Spa to find out more about classes and schedules.

Explore the rest of the series here.

An Introduction to Fitness: Strength and Stretch Essentials

CJG Fitness ‘Strength and Stretch Essentials’ is part of the Introduction to Fitness Original Series brought to you by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Community Video Network.

Connect with CJG Fitness to find out more about classes and schedules.

Explore the rest of the series here.

 

 

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