Parents as Partners in Crime Prevention

This is the resource center for parents with an interest in keeping children safe and free from being victims of crime.

Missing and Endangered Children
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently launched a free new tool that can help in the unlikely event that your child goes missing. From the FBI website: The Child ID app - the first mobile application created by the FBI - provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it's literally right at hand if you need it. You can show pictures and provide identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot, and can quickly and easily email the information to authorities in a few clicks.
Online Safety
Privacy Tips for Parents and Kids
Privacy Tips for Teens and Young Adults
TV & Parental Control
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Additional tips for keeping your child safe online:
  • Set boundaries early with your child when it comes to sharing information online
  • Watch your child's online activity - even if it means keeping the family computer in plain sight and never behind closed doors.
  • If your child begins to exhibit erratic behavior, such as mood swings, and he/she suddenly wants to keep online activities private from you, talk to someone in law enforcement. He or she may be on the verge of an online relationship.
Protecting Your Child's Identity
Identity theft is a federal crime. It is the criminal use of an individual's personal identification information. There are many ways criminals can get your or your child's identity; mail theft, malware and computer viruses, keylogging, fire-sharing, skimming credit cards, stealing wallets, and good old fashioned shoulder surfing. While most criminals steal identities for financial gain, some steal identities to take advantage of the victim's criminal history or even medical benefits.
Adults are not the only ones at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. When a child's identity is stolen, it can go undetected for years and only come to light when he/she begins to apply for student loans, open a bank account, or buy a car. Monitor your child's credit and take other steps to protect your child's identity from the start by following the same steps you would for yourself.

Identity Theft Resources:
Domestic Violence Shelters
ACTS Turning Points of Prince William, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eradicating abuse, including domestic violence and sexual violence in our community, and supporting individuals through their toll-free crisis lines. The ACTS Domestic Violence Shelter Program shelters adults and children in safe and confidential locations.
  • ACTS Crisis Line - 703-367-0476 (TTY 703-221-3811).
  • For more information visit ACTS online or call 703-441-8606.
Drug Awareness and Diversion Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. According to a survey of users, the majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends.

US DEA Drug Take Back events provide for the safe disposal of prescription medications that may otherwise languish in medicine cabinets, and making your family a target for theft and abuse.

Prescription Drug Abuse Resources
Other Resources