Teach your children how to be safe: police urge parents

Police are encouraging parents to discuss the ‘‘Safe People, Safe Places’’ message after two young children were approached in Granville yesterday.

An eight-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy were playing outside a business in Ferndell Street at about 6.30pm yesterday when a man approached them.

Another man challenged him and he walked away.

He has been described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, about 25 years old, about 175cm tall, of solid build, with black hair and wearing a dark tracksuit.

The ‘‘Safe People, Safe Places’’ messages are as follows.

■ Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

■ Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.

■ Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

■ Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school and adults you know and trust.

■ Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

■ If you are scared and can use a phone, call triple-0 and tell them you are scared.

■ If someone tries to grab you, yell out ‘‘Go away, I don’t know you’’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Anyone with information about yesterday’s incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www1.police.nsw.gov.au/

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