Parents around the Mohawk Valley said their kid’s safety is always on their mind and the dangers of them going missing or being taken is something they worry about.
“Very concerning, I always make my kids go out together, so they're never alone and obviously him I don’t let out without me with him," said local parent Tricia Chabot.
“Can’t even imagine the horror or how they would deal with that, you know, if you lost a child to something like that, it’s awful,” said parent Mark Rayman.
While parents here in the Mohawk Valley are on alert, the National Center for Missing and Exploited children, known as NCMEC, is already on the case. They’ve sent out a team of professionals to help in the search.
While searching NCMEC is also taking this time to remind parents to be vigilant at all times.
“We encourage parents to always be with a child and in this case it’s even necessarily a stranger, because they were working a stand they were going to go and treat every single customer," said Wendy Fical of NCMEC.
As the search for the two missing Amish girls is in high gear parents here in the Mohawk Valley are thinking of their own kids and how to keep them safe.
“Just always know where your kids are that would be the most important thing. If you know they're going to the house trying to figure out how long it’s going to take for them to get there and back, so they can always be in touch with you," said Chabot.
"You never know who's gonna come down lookin for, you know, whatever they want to look for for little kids," said Rayman.
The national center for missing and exploited children says the first three hours after a child goes missing is the most critical time for action to be taken to find them.