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8 Investigates: Stranger Danger

(KAIT) - Don't talk to strangers. Every parent has said that to their children countless times.

But do they listen? Are they even old enough to know what that means? And even if they do, sometimes the stranger has something too tempting to pass up.

Parents have all been there-that split second of panic when they lose sight of their children in a public place. Then, the relief when they're found again. 

Every time you hear about it on the news, you hear the parent say, "I only looked away for a second".  As we found out, that is all it takes.

We were watching when this man with the cute dog started talking to some trusting kids. In less than a minute, he was headed off to the woods with them.

Mom noticed and intercepted before he could get very far.

This "stranger" was actually Jonesboro police officer Keith Baggett.  He and fellow officer Susan Gray went undercover for us to find out just how easily and how quickly a child can vanish.  All we gave them was a cute puppy and the kids came to them.

Hadyn and Hollie Huckabee just talked to their 6-year-old daughter Hope about stranger danger two weeks ago. But that talk was no match for someone who knew what kids like to hear.

So what can you do?

First of all, have a talk with your children about stranger danger and have it more than once. Next, put down your phone and limit your own distractions when you are out with your children.

Another idea a lot of families use is a password system.  If a stranger doesn't know the password, run away and find mom or dad.

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