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Children Celebration Protection

Mother Kara Gibbs says losing your child is parents worst nightmare Mother Kara Gibbs says losing your child is parents worst nightmare
Geraldo Celaya, Canyon Police Department Geraldo Celaya, Canyon Police Department

One of the largest parades is getting ready to take in Canyon on Friday. With all the fun that is expected Canyon police are stepping up making sure everyone at the holiday parade is safe, especially children.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports:

  • 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
  • 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
  • 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
  • 115 children were the victims of "stereotypical" kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)

During big events, such as the Fourth of July, those numbers rise. That is one reason law enforcement is sending out a message. Parents need to understand while you're watching the parade someone may be watching your child.

Local child Truett Gibbs has lost his parent once. He says it was a traumatic experience, "Where's my mom where did she go. Look everywhere and I can't find her". His mother Kara Gibbs says losing your child is parents worst nightmare. "I've been there done that and I've lost him before and it's shear panic ," she explains.

That's why parents and police are taking extra steps for the holiday. Patrolman Geraldo Celaya says Canyon police are doing everything they can to ensure a good time during the Fourth of July.

Celaya says, "Remember where your kids are at at all times. It won't be that hard to lose them with all these people all over the place."  Mother Kara Gibbs Agrees, "You should watch them at all times. Don't let them out of your sight. Have other people watching out for them. "

Every 40 seconds a child in the United States is Abducted. Friday the streets of Canyon are expected to be full of children. Police and parents want the community take preventive measures to make sure everyone has a safe and good time.

Celaya encourage everyone to be on the look out, "Everybody should watch for the kids and if thing don't look right ... Question people."  Parents agree that the community should help out, "They see somebody something unsafe point it out they can do something about it."

Police say no matter what the occasion, you should always be aware of where your child is and hat they are wearing.

Police are strongly urging parents to have a child identification card, no matter what their age.   The ID card has your child's name, picture and description.

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