A warning for parents, Bellevue police say boxes looking for info so parents can get "Child Safe Kits" are popping up but be wary.
“Safe Kids ID Kits” are given out free to parents by police departments. They help keep track of up to date information if their child ever went missing.
Recently, Bellevue police were informed that a box claiming parents could get a "Free Child Safe Kit" if they filled out their personal information showed up at a local Laundromat. Police confiscated the box and shredded the filled out forms.
"It did not show any known markings to me as to who was sponsoring it. So to me that's a big red flag that you don't want to give your information out to just anybody," said Jayme Krueger, the Community Policing Coordinator with the Bellevue Police Department.
We checked “Child Safe Kit" website which lets you preview the materials, but never actually tells visitors who is sponsoring the kit.
Police say the boxes may be showing up at Laundromats because employees may not be on duty all the time. Authorities want this to serve as a warning.
"If you feel comfortable giving your information to a trusted business because you know what they're about and what they do great, but if you don't know who it is that's sponsoring it and what information they're asking for they could steal your identity or your children's identity," Krueger explained.
WOWT has learned that an insurance company may be sponsoring the boxes. Authorities say most of the time they are clearly marked.
Most police departments, like Bellevue, will give parents “Safe Kids ID Kits” for free. Contact your local police department for more information.