This Must-Know Police Department Trick Will Help Keep Your Kid Safe In Crowds

Better safe than sorry.

A tip about child safety from a police department in California is taking the Internet by storm.

As part of their #TipOfTheDay Facebook series, the Clovis Police Department published an excellent recommendation about how parents can prevent their children from going missing.

"Taking your young child to a big event, theme park, or other busy location?," the department wrote on the social platform. "Write your phone number on their wrist and cover it with liquid band-aid in case you get separated. Also, take a photo of them using your cell phone the morning of the event so you have their clothing, hair style, and up to date photo."

The post, which the Clovis Police Department originally shared months ago, included a photo that originated from blogger Cherise McClimans in 2013.

Since the department posted its message on June 14, it has received over 21,000 Facebook shares.

Kids are particularly at risk for going missing in the summer months when they do not go to school. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), over 460,000 children in the U.S. go missing every year.

To spread raise awareness and to help, NCMEC launched a social media initiative called #RockOneSock on National Missing Children's Day, May 25.