New National Survey Reveals Child Kidnappings are Number-Two Safety Concern Among Parents and Grandparents

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Wednesday, 5 November 2003

Despite concerns, parents and grandparents are uninformed about key prevention issues and unsure about where to go for help

New partnership between Honeywell and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) focuses on abduction and kidnapping prevention, distributes child safety information into 25,000 schools across the United States

A new national survey commissioned by Honeywell and NCMEC and released today shows abductions and kidnappings are the number-two safety concern among parents and grandparents, but reveals an alarming lack of information about child safety resources and prevention strategies.

The survey, Keeping Kids Safe: Parents and Grandparents Speak Out, found that only drugs are a greater child safety concern among parents and grandparents. Despite the concern, more than one-third of respondents did not know that children are more likely to be kidnapped or abducted by someone they know than by someone they don't. Only seven percent of parents and three percent of grandparents were aware that teenagers are at the greatest risk. Although nearly 75% of respondents feel better informed than their parents were, only about 15% were very familiar with NCMEC, the nation's leading resource on abduction and kidnapping prevention and education.

In response to the urgent need for more prevention information, Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced a new partnership to aggressively promote abduction prevention in communities throughout the United States.

Leading the partnership for Honeywell and NCMEC is Revé Walsh, the founding mother of NCMEC, whose son Adam was kidnapped and murdered in 1981. Revé and her husband John lobbied Congress to create NCMEC and have been leading advocates for children throughout the past two decades.

"The Honeywell/NCMEC team will bring valuable safety and abduction prevention information to parents, teachers and communities," said Mrs. Walsh. "Education and awareness are the keys to preventing abduction and exploitation of children. This partnership will provide a strong loud voice for our children."

A cornerstone of the partnership is Honeywell and NCMEC's "Got 2B Safe! Think Smart and Take Charge!" child safety education program. The program, produced in association with Weekly Reader, was delivered to more than 25,000 third-grade teachers across the United States at the beginning of this school year. "Got 2B Safe!" contains safety tips, hands-on activities and valuable strategies for helping children be safer at school, at home and at play.

"From classrooms across the country to the neighborhoods they work in, Honeywell and its employees have taken a leading role in empowering children to learn the skills they need to make themselves safer," said Ernie Allen, President of NCMEC. "In becoming a national sponsor of NCMEC, Honeywell has broadened our reach into communities and provided a means to educate families. We're thrilled to have them on our team."

The NCMEC partnership is part of Honeywell's dynamic new community outreach initiative, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. The initiative channels the company's giving programs and volunteer efforts into three areas that complement Honeywell's products and services portfolio: Family Safety and Security, Housing and Shelter, and Science and Math Education.


"Honeywell is committed to the issue of family safety and security and we are proud to be joining hands with the National Center to bring educational resources and awareness of child abduction prevention strategies to communities across the country," said Tom Buckmaster, President of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "Our employees are ready to play an important role in this partnership by helping to spread the word about resources available to parents and grandparents."

Honeywell employees in communities across the country will attend training sessions hosted by NCMEC and be given materials they can share in their own communities to help educate parents and grandparents on where to go for information on keeping their children safer.

About Honeywell

Honeywell International is a $22 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NCMEC is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, which serves as a national clearinghouse for information and a resource center for child protection. Since NCMEC was first established nineteen years ago, it has assisted law enforcement in reuniting more than 78,000 missing children with their families. NCMEC has handled more than 160,000 reports of child sexual exploitation through its congressionally mandated CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.com. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1.800.843.5678) or visit www.missingkids.com.

Keeping Kids Safe: Parents and Grandparents Speak Out was conducted by RoperASW among nationally representative samples of 700 parents and 303 grandparents of children under 18 years of age. The study was conducted via telephone from July 31st to August 1st, 2003. The sampling error for the total sample of 700 parents is plus or minus 4%. The sampling error for the total sample of 303 grandparents is plus or minus 6%.

For more information, or to contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, see their website at: www.missingkids.org

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