POLICE are appealing for information after two children were approached by two men in Blacktown yesterday.
About 4.30pm two 13-year-old girls were walking home from school when they were approached by two men in a vehicle.
The two girls continued to walk past the vehicle, through to a housing complex on Reservoir Road, where they saw the same two men talking outside a unit.
The two girls walked past them. A short time later, one of the men drove up to the girls and asked if they wanted a lift home.
The two girls declined and continued to their home, where one of the girls’ parents alerted police.
The man driver is described as being of Indian appearance, and is about 30-40 years of age, with short black hair and of thin build.
The second man is described as being of Indian appearance, and is about 16-20 years of age. They were seen driving a small white sedan.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Blacktown police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The incident has prompted Blacktown 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.
Police are urging anyone with information about these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.