POLICE investigating reports of a man driving around and trying to pick up kids in Wagga Wagga have released CCTV footage of the suspect’s vehicle.
Police said two girls aged 9 and 10 were walking along Adams Street in Ashmont around 5.45pm on Wednesday when a car pulled up next to them.
Investigators have been told the male driver attempted to lure the children over to his car.
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Police said the kids refused and kept walking, at which point the car drove off in an easterly direction along Connorton Street.
Detectives from the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command have commenced and investigation and have released CCTV footage of the man’s vehicle as they attempt to track him down – see the footage below.
He is described as being aged in his mid 50s with a Caucasian appearance and has long grey hair with a goatee beard.
He was driving a small dark-coloured hatch, possibly a Mitsubishi Mirage, as depicted in the footage.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their inquiries is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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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 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.