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Minneapolis police issue crime alert after attempted kidnapping

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    The Minnesota BCA has released a sketch of a suspect in the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl earlier this month near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
    The Minnesota BCA has released a sketch of a suspect in the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl earlier this month near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for suspicious activity after three men reportedly attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old girl riding her bicycle on Monday afternoon.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, the attempted kidnapping took place at about 2:25 p.m. near the intersection of 36th Street West and Zenith Avenue South.

The victim told officers she was approached from the front by three men, one of whom grabbed her by the wrist and threatened to hurt her if she made any noise. The girl told police she screamed and the suspects looked at one another before fleeing northbound on foot.

Police said it's not known if the trio had a vehicle parked nearby and they say no similar incidents have been reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 612-673-2864, but any member of the public witnessing suspicious activity in progress is urged to call 911 instead.

SAFETY TIPS FOR FAMILIES

Along with the crime alert, Minneapolis police attached a list of things parents should prepare and discuss with their children to protect personal safety and help with reporting events to the police. Those can be found below:

1. Teach kids how to call for help. Instruct children how to call 911 and help them memorize their home address and phone number, including the area code.

2. Keep an updated file on your child. Create a detailed physical description of your child and a current photograph that can be shared with law enforcement in the event of an emergency. For children under the age of 2, it is recommended to update the information four times a year.

3. Pay close attention to what your child wears. Being able to share such information can help investigators and volunteer searchers -- but police caution against clothing children with items that display their name because children often respond to strangers who address them directly.

4. Create and teach a plan for public separation. If a child becomes separated or lost in a public place, he or she should immediately find a facility employee instead of trying to search for a parent alone.

5. Devise a secret code word for the child and guardians. Instruct the child never to go with anyone who does not know the code word.

6. Keep records of identification information. Include a copy of your child's footprints, fingerprints and dental records.

7. Communicate with school officials. Parents are urged to request they be notified immediately of any absence at school and provide written information to the office about who is authorized to pick up the child from school.

8. Teach children to identify tactics used by abductors. Instruct kids to avoid strangers who attempt to lure them somewhere and urge them to scream "stranger" if they are grabbed because passerby are more likely to respond to those shouts than to "help."

9. Survey the routes your child takes and point out any dangerous sites. Be sure to highlight safe places a child can go to contact authorities and parents if they are being followed.

10. Join or organize a "safe home" neighborhood program. Work with parents and neighbors to find secure homes where your children can go for help in the event of any emergency.

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