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May 27, 2014 > Stranger danger alert

Stranger danger alert

Submitted By Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD

On the afternoon of May 16th, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Fremont Police Officers responded to a suspicious circumstance call involving an elementary school student and a stranger. The 10-year old male juvenile student was walking home from Hirsch Elementary when he was asked by an unknown male, who was sitting inside a car, if he wanted a ride home. The male juvenile became scared and ran home. The man's car was parked on Carol Ave near the intersection of Chapel Way. The male stranger was sitting in the driver's seat and was described by the child as a Hispanic or Indian adult male, 30 years old, with black hair styled in a spike. The car was described as an older 4-door sedan, blue in color with rust. The man did not make any other movements towards the child after he made the comment.

Fremont Patrol Officers will conduct extra patrol checks in the area during school hours next week. We have had no additional incidents reported and would ask that anyone who may have information related to this incident, to please come forward by calling our non-emergency number or utilizing our Nixle tip service. While we do not know the intentions of the unknown male, we suggest using this incident as an opportunity to talk and educate your children about stranger danger awareness.

Tips for parents:
Stranger danger awareness is a very important topic that requires ongoing, open communication with children. The single most important thing to remember when teaching your child about stranger danger is to instill confidence, rather than fear. Here are a few teaching tips for parents:

- Discuss the difference between a good and bad stranger.
- Children should know their name, address and phone number (including a parentÕs cell number).
- Children should always use the buddy system and avoid walking anywhere alone.
- Teach to trust instincts Ð if a child feels he/she is being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
- If a stranger approaches, teach your child that they do not have to speak to him/her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle and always just keep walking.
- Teach children that they should never accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he/she says.
- Teach your child that if someone is following him/her to try and remember the license plate of the vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
- Teach children that if they are ever grabbed by a stranger, that they need to do everything to stop him/her. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help.
- Use and scream words like, "this is not my dad," or "this is not my mom."

Role playing is a great way to teach and try these tips at home.

Please report all suspicious activity to the Fremont Police Department. Use 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is in-progress and 790-6800 (option 3) for everything else.

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