Children approached by man – Nabiac

POLICE are appealing for information after girl and her brother were approached by a man in a car at Nabiac yesterday.

About 8.30am, Thursday December 12, 2013, a eight-year-old girl and her five -year old brother were walking near Hoskin Street on their way to the school.

Police have been told a vehicle was parked near Hoskin Street when a man got out of the vehicle and approached the two children. He then asked if he could take photos before producing a camera and taking an unknown amount of pictures of the two children. He then asked the eight-year-old girl to get in the car before she ran to a nearby friend’s house and reported the incident to her friend’s mother.

Officers from Manning Great lakes Local Area Command are investigating the incident and are looking for a man described as being of Caucasian appearance aged in his 50s average build, grey short hair and a short beard.

The car has been described as being a later model Commodore with roof racks.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via Facebook or Twitter.

Meanwhile, the incident has again 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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