UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
There has been many attempted child abductions reported in the area, including two abductions that occurred in Killeen on December 10th and October 18th.
Just yesterday afternoon, a man attempted to abduct a boy from a housing complex in Fort Hood. Police responded to the 9 year old boys report that an unknown man drove up beside and said, "Your mother told me to pick you up." The boy did not get in the vehicle and remains unharmed.
Police say parents and children should have a safety plan for similar situations, because they could happen to any child. Deputy Chief Tuck Saunders, of the Hewitt Police Department says that parents and children should "work out code words." If a parent is having someone else pick up their child, the "safe" word should be known by the driver, before the child gets in the vehicle.
Thirty-eight percent of attempted abductions occur while a child is walking alone, to or from school, riding the school bus, or riding a bicycle. Deputy Chief Saunders says, "I go by strength and numbers...If you're going to or from school make sure you got a buddy with you." Having someone with you at all times will reduce the risk of being kidnapped.
Police say it is the parents responsibility to talk to their child about safety precautions. The key is to be open with your child and set rules and boundaries that they should follow.
Police are still searching for the men involved in the Killeen abductions, and the attempted abduction in Fort Hood. They ask that anyone with information regarding the suspects, contact the Killeen Police Department.