Woonona attempted abduction prompts stranger danger warning

Police are asking parents to remind their children not to get into cars with strangers after a young boy was approached in Woonona on Wednesday.

About 5.20pm, a seven-year-old boy was standing on Pioneer Drive, Woonona, when a man allegedly called out to him, asking him to get into his car.

The boy ran home and told his mother about the incident.

Police from Wollongong Local Area Command commenced an investigation and would now like to speak to a man they believe may be able to assist with inquiries.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 30 to 40-years-old, and clean-shaven.

A vehicle of interest is described as being a red or brown small, four-door sedan.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. 

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted 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.

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