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Parents should talk to their children about 'stranger dangers'

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You can't assume your child knows what to do if someone tries to kidnap them. Authorities say you should constantly remind your children to scream, fight, and run for their life.

"You can't take your eye off of them; it doesn't take a split second for them to be gone," said Jo Ann Hicks.

Hicks knows to keep her 5-year-old granddaughter Heaven safe. You have to have the stranger danger talk often. Heaven knows exactly what to do. And, she even has a phrase she uses if someone approaches her.

"I say, 'back up,'" Heaven said.

Words like "back up," screaming and running for help, and getting away are what sheriffs like Tommy Greenwell say you have to do to avoid the unthinkable.

"We have a lot of sick people out here," said Greenwell. "They could be people you've never met. They could be your next door neighbor. We do not live in Mayberry anymore and it's right to talk to your children every day."

Greenwell says he feels reports are increasing. He's asking parents to tell their kids to fight back and run for help.

"In this day and time, nobody's safe," said Greenwell. "Your children need to be taught to fight, yell, kick, bite and scratch. The last thing you want to do is get in that vehicle."

Greenwell says to tell your kids who they can go to if they are in trouble.

As for Heaven, she already has that down, too. She says it is okay to talk to police and teachers, but not strangers.

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