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Palmerston child approached by stranger

A seven year old in Palmerston was approached by an unknown man last week.

The OPP is investigating after a black four door car pulled over to speak to the girl as she was waiting for her school bus last Tuesday.

It happened on Concession 8 in Mapleton Township.

She ran home and told her parents and the car pulled away.

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Police remind parents to make sure you speak to your kids about stranger danger.

If you have any information about this incident, contact Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Teach your children:

-Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province. 

-That bad people do not always look mean or scary. 

-If a stranger bothers them, advise them to run away.  If they are followed or grabbed by

  a stranger, shout, yell loud and fight back. 

-If anyone touches them in a bad way, say “NO”, get away and tell an adult they trust. 

-How to contact you, the police, the fire department or ambulance service in the event   of an emergency. 

-To keep you informed as to their whereabouts at all times. 

-Never admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone.  Never give out their name or address to strangers. 

-Never invite strangers into the house or answer the door when home alone. 

-Never approach or enter a stranger’s car and to always keep a safe distance from a stranger. 

-Never hitchhike. 

-To rely on police officers as their friends if they are lost or require help. 

-Never play alone. 

Tips for Parents:

-Teach your children to tell you if anything happens that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. 

-Children should always carry identification including name, address, telephone number and emergency contact information on them. 

– Always keep an undated photo of your child with pertinent information, ie. height, weight, eye colour. 

-Keep communication open in your relationship with your children, this will ensure that they will share any doubts or fears they may have. 

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