Brooklyn program offers tips to keep kids safe

BROOKLYN - Officials at a Brooklyn-based runaway assistant program are reminding parents today to talk to their kids about "stranger danger" following the death of a local boy.

Leiby Kletzky, 8, was abducted while walking home from camp. Police and prosecutors say 35-year-old Levi Aron confessed to luring Kletzky to his home on Monday, and then smothering and dismembering the child after learning that a search was under way for the 8-year-old.

Program officials say parents should make sure their kids are aware not to interact with strangers. They say kids should be taught to scream if someone tries to grab them. In addition, the program recommends that parents keep photos and fingerprints of their children on a computer so that information can be provided to authorities, if needed.

Chris Hess, a private investigator with the program, says communication is important between parents and kids. He also says it is up to each parent to decide when a child should travel alone for the first time.

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