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January 17, 2012 > Stranger Danger Alert and Tips

Stranger Danger Alert and Tips

Submitted By Fremont PD

The Fremont Police Department has several reports of students in the Kennedy High School area being followed by a vehicle shortly after school let out. The Department's Investigative Unit is actively working these cases and wants students and parents at all of our schools to be vigilant and prepared for this type of situation.

In the cases that have been reported, the vehicle has been described as a Toyota or Honda type sedan that is red, black or green. The victims have all been female and each stated that the incident occurred shortly after school as they were walking home. The suspect has been described as a dark skinned male in his 20's or 30's. All reports were made with a time gap from when the incident occurred.

We have provided safety tips for parents to discuss with their children in an effort to make students aware of these incidents and to also be better prepared in case something like this happens.

* Safety is always best in numbers. Advise your child to walk to and from school with a buddy.

* If your child feels that he or she is being followed and they have a cell phone, they should immediately call 9-1-1.

* Never talk to a stranger. Strangers with bad intentions try to trick kids into helping them. Kids should never talk or answer their questions. If they do answer, it should be something along the lines of "go ask an adult" or "I do not know I am only a kid."

* Teach your child to think on their feet. They need to keep distance from strangers and not let someone get close enough that they could grab or touch them.

* Advise them to run or walk quickly towards an area where they see people (a shopping center, a home with someone outside, a busy roadway, or a park where they see people.) They should never walk into an alley or location that further isolates them.

* Know your child's walking/riding path to and from school. Determine a path together that is visible, even if it's a slightly longer route home.

* Go directly to your destination. Pay attention to where you are going. Talking or texting on your cell phone is a good way to pass the time while you're walking, but it can distract you from noticing what's going on around you.

* Be aware of surroundings - who is behind you and in front of you. Are there occupied cars parked along your route?

* If someone approaches you or tries to get your attention, get away immediately. Cross the street or walk the other way.

* Give your child confidence. Let him/her know that they can fight back - kick, bite, struggle and scream and holler.

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