Iowans Receive Reminder About Child Abductors Ahead of Summer Months

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans are getting a reminder about the importance of keeping children safe from child abductors.

At a press conference on Monday morning, Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds urged parents to take precautionary steps to keep their kids safe.

Due to kids being outside more during the spring and summer months, they are often more vulnerable to abductors.

“Our children are the most valuable resource that we have in this great state,” Governor Branstad said Monday. “We know all too well that child abductions affect families and communities in many ways.”

The Department of Public Safety is asking everyone to speak up for children and call 9-1-1 immediately if you think a child could be in danger. They say it's better to report an incident, even if it turns out not to be an abduction.

There are currently there 341 people missing in Iowa and 211 of them are kids.