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Jaycee Dugard urges vigilance to keep children safe

November 5, 2011 | 10:42 am

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Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped and held captive by a sex offender for more than 18 years, released a public service announcement Friday, urging people to exercise constant vigilance to help keep neighborhoods safe.

In the 20-second video released on her foundation’s website, Dugard asks people to speak out if "something looks wrong or amiss." Behind her, images of children walking the streets and an empty swing flash by.   

"You might be wrong," she narrates, "but you might just save someone's life."

Dugard was 11 when she was kidnapped from her Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991. Her captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, held her in Antioch, Calif., for 18 years, and both are serving life sentences.

Dugard has written a best-selling memoir about her experience and received a monetary settlement from the state.


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Photo: Jaycee Dugard, right, gave her first interview to Diane Sawyer. Dugard was freed from captivity in 2009. Credit: Reuters /Jill Belsley / ABC News