RENO, NV - It's something we find ourselves reporting all too often.
Whether this week's story of a southern California woman kidnapped at 15, forced to marry her captor and bear his child, recovered 10 years later or the cold cases of missing children for years from our area, their families still caught between faint hope and despair.
We can only imagine their pain.
So, it's important we listen to those who investigate these cases.
"They should know there are bad people out there who want to do bad things to their kids," says FBI Special Agent Jeff Pfeiffer, whose case load includes child pornography and exploitation..
It begins and ends with being informed.
Pfeiffer says you should learn as much as possible about the adults who interact with your children.
"Babysitters. Now that summer has come around. Summer camps a lot of outdoor activity. You should know as much as you can about people that potentially might interact with your child."
Sex offenders are required to register and you can look them up on line. There's more than 400 in the Reno Sparks area. You can map their location down to neighborhood level.
"It can be surprising," says Pfeiffer. "I looked at my neighborhood and there's a couple close to me.
He says its also important for you to talk with your kids.
"Never go anywhere with a stranger. Never get into a car with a stranger. It's just important to talk with your kids."
Some predators stalk kids through the internet. The FBI has a new on line teaching guide.
"It's in a game type format. It's made to be fun for kids to go through, but it's also a learning tool."
And should the worst happen, authorities need a lot of information as soon as possible. An updated photo, physical characteristics, contacts. The FBI has a new app for smart phones to store it all in one easily accessed place.
"It makes it easy in the event something happens and your child goes missing. The FBI has all the information that we need as soon as possible."
The app,FBI Child ID, is available free for iphones and androids.
We've posted links to the sex offender website and the FBI's on line interactive Safe Web Surfing website here at www.kolotv.com.
You'll find them under "Hot Topics."