POLICE are appealing for information after a young girl was allegedly approached and threatened by a stranger at Berkeley.
About 3.15pm on Friday, a 13-year-old girl was walking through Hooker Creek netball courts when a grey utility approached her.
The male driver exited the car and approached the girl and threatened her. The girl ran from the area and informed her mother of the incident.
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Police were also informed and commenced investigations. Officers canvassed the surrounding area, but could not locate the man or vehicle.
Lake Illawarra Police continue to investigate the incident and would like to speak to a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.
The man is described as being aged in his 30s, with tanned skin, brown eyes and of a medium build. He is further described as having thick eyebrows and short brown hair. At the time he was wearing a blue and green jacket and black tracksuit pants.
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.