A school student had a hood placed over their head and were forced into a car, before they narrowly managed to escape, in a terrifying kidnapping attempt this week.
The incident occurred in Sydney’s inner west, at around 8am on Monday.
Further adding to parents’ worries, a primary school student was also approached in a nearby area on Tuesday morning, the Daily Telegraph reports.
While police do not believe the incidents are linked, parents are being warned to be on high alert for anyone acting suspicious.
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Sydney Secondary College, in Leichhardt, circulated a note to parents warning them of the incidents.
‘In once case a secondary student had a hood placed on their head and was pushed into a car. Luckily they were able to escape,’ the note began.
‘All class teachers will be speaking to our students about stranger danger tomorrow.
‘Please speak with your child/ren in regards to remaining vigilant and aware when travelling to and from school, as well as not speaking with strangers if approached.’
Police are currently investigating both incidents, a spokesperson for police media said, reports Daily Mail.
‘Police from Leichhardt LAC are investigating a report of an attempted abduction about 8am on Monday May 1 around 8am, and a child approach about 8.15am on Tuesday May 2,’ the spokesperson said.
‘At this point of the investigation police are confident that the two incidents are unrelated and police have been unable to force evidence including CCTV or witnesses of either incident.
‘However NSW police take all reports seriously and will continue to investigate the circumstance surrounding the alleged incidents and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.’
Police are also investigating several reported child approaches in Tweed Heads .
Parents are encouraged 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.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
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