Topics:  child safety, crime, police, stranger danger, tyalgum

Cops help keep our kids safe

A YOUNG Tyalgum girl was approached by a suspicious man early last night in a scary incident prompting police to remind parents to talk to their children about safety.

About 6pm the man attempted to entice the 11-year-old girl, however she ran to a nearby building and reported the incident.

The man reportedly fled the scene.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command were alerted and commenced inquiries to identify and find the man.

"The man's been described as being approximately 40 years old, 180cm tall with a medium build, tanned complexion and long brown hair," a police spokesman said.

He was last seen wearing a T-shirt, brown knee-length shorts, Dunlop Volley shoes and a beanie.

It is also believed he may be driving a small dark blue sedan.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to contact Tweed Heads Police Station on 07 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The incident has prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the 'Safe People, Safe Places' messages with their children, including:

  • 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, 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 000 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.


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