NEWS RELEASE #: 16-145
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is reminding parents to secure doors and windows in homes with small children.
Early Wednesday morning just after 12:00 a.m., deputies were called to a gas station at 4779 Swift Road in Sarasota, for reports of two children, ages 3 and 18 months, standing alone in the parking lot. A reverse 911 call was placed to all residences within half a mile of the gas station and deputies went door-to-door to locate the children's parents. Within an hour, detectives safely returned both children back to their home. At this time, there are no charges pending against the parents.
The sheriff's office is using this opportunity to remind parents with young children to baby-proof their home. Consider the following:
1. Always keep doors locked and install a home security system that alerts you when doors are opened.
2. Use door knob covers. These tools make it extremely difficult for young children to open doors.
3. Consider installing window locks on every window in your home; even those you don't think your children can reach.
4. Don't leave chairs, stools or climbable furniture near doors or windows.
5. Remember children are curious and creative. Teach them the dangers of leaving home without permission and remind them of the importance of always being with an adult.
"This is a reminder for parents that your home can never be too secure," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "As we all know children are curious, intuitive and fast. All it takes are a few minutes and they're out of sight."