Parents and guardians are being urged to warn children not to talk to strangers when playing outdoors during the Easter holiday.
They say it is important children know what to do when approached by strangers and are calling on parents and guardians to help youngsters avoid being enticed away.
Officers have also issued a warning to adults not to approach or be over familiar with children they do not know.
The force has issued a list of guidelines for children and young people ...
- If you are not with a parent, teacher, or other adult who is looking after you, don't talk to strangers and never go off with anyone you do not know, no matter how friendly they appear to be.
- If you are approached, walk away to somewhere you know is safe, or a busy place, and tell someone you know and trust what has happened.
- If you are going out alone, or with friends, always tell someone responsible for you where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Don’t accept sweets, ice cream or anything else from anyone without asking your parent or guardian first -- just say ‘no’ and run away.
- If a grown-up asks for help in looking after a puppy or minding a car, don’t. It’s not rude, it’s just being safe.
- If you are scared or troubled by anything you can ring the police on 999 for free and someone will come and help.
Police say most children are sensible and know they should never approach or be enticed away by a stranger, but the message needs reinforcing during holiday times when there will be more youngsters outside playing in the good weather.
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16 April 2003