or decades, parenting advocates have encouraged parents to use “code words” as a tool to keep their kids safe from kidnappers. The concept is simple: assign a code word that only the child knows. That way, in the rare event where an adult who isn’t known to the child may need to pick them up, the adult can use the code word and the child can know that the adult is genuine. Any adult who doesn’t know or use the code word is probably up to no good.
… Such was the case with an unidentified 10-year-old Phoenix girl. She says that she and some friends were hanging out at a park when they noticed a man in a white SUV circling around the area several times. More than once he tried to talk to little girls in the park, reportedly covering his face to conceal any identifying features. The man reportedly told the girl that her brothers were in a serious accident and that she needed to go with him. The girl then asked the man what the “code word” was, but the man did not know and drove off.