West Des Moines police are investigating three reported attempted child abductions over just two weeks.
And in all three cases, the descriptions of the alleged abductors are different.
Nine-year-old Rozalynn Downey and her little sister Kaileigh know exactly what to do if someone tries to get them to get into a car.
“I will run,” seven year old Kaileigh says. “[Then] hide where no one can find me.”
Since the beginning of the month three children, two 11-year-olds and a 10-year-old, have reported someone may have tried to abduct them. Police say, in each case, the children gave different descriptions of the person that allegedly tried to abduct them.
“So we don’t think they’re connected but we are concerned about the frequency for this short amount of time.” says Sergeant Ken O’Brien with the West Des Moines Police.
Police say it’s is a good time to talk with your children about how to deal with strangers.
First, tell children to use the buddy system – avoid walking anywhere alone.
Second, tell your children if someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
Finally, trust your instincts – if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
“If an adult approaches a child and asks them to either go somewhere or do some things they need to get away. Just get away and go to a safe place,” Sgt. O’Brien says.