Student escapes kidnap attempt
PARENTS are being urged to remain vigilant after someone attempted to abduct a school student by placing a hood over their head.
In what is a believed to be a separate incident, another child was approached the following day.
Police from Leichhardt LAC confirmed that an incident had occurred around 8am on Monday, May 1 when someone had attempted to abduct a child as well as an incident on Tuesday, May 2 around 8.15am where a child was approached.
Sydney Secondary College at Leichhardt also circulated a note to parents about both incidents.
The letter said: "Dear Parents/Carers, There have been two notifications today about attempted abductions in the Inner West.
"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.
"In the second incident a primary school student was approached in the street on the way to school.
"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."
"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."
Investigations are continuing and any witnesses are being asked to come forward.
Here are some safety tips parents can share with their children.
Safe People, Safe Places
■ 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