West Haven PD warn parents of stranger danger in the area

Crime

The West Haven police department posted a safety reminder on their official Facebook page to parents on Sunday afternoon after they received a report of a child being approached on Friday.

West Haven police received a report from a concerned parent who claimed their child was approached by a stranger while they was walking on Peck Avenue this Friday.

According to the police, the unknown male pulled up in a brown, four door vehicle with dark windows and asked if the child needed a ride. 

The male was described as a white male with brown hair and a beard, and was wearing a baseball cap. 

West Haven police state: “Although the above described incident ended on a positive note thanks to the child’s quick and confident response we want to take a moment to share some safety tips related to strangers.”

The tips they offer are:  

Parents should discuss these Stranger Danger tips with their children.

Always tell your parents where you are going.

Try not to walk anywhere alone. Walk with a friend.

Don’t take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot.

Bad people do not always look mean or scary.

Do not get close to strangers. Make sure you have room to run.

Don’t tell your name or address to a stranger.

Never go with a stranger to help look for a lost pet or play a game.

Never get into a car with anyone you don’t know.

If a stranger bothers you, run away and ask an adult for help.

Know safe places you can go – a police or fire station, the library, a store or a friend’s house.

If a stranger follows you or grabs for you, yell loud! Shout, “I don’t know you!” Fight back and make as much noise as you can.

If anyone touches you in a bad way, say, “NO!” Get away and tell an adult you trust. Keep telling until someone listens.

Tell your parents about places you don’t feel safe.

Talk to your parents and come up with a secret code word. Never go with anyone unless they know the secret code word.

If your children are old enough to stay home alone, review these tips:

Know how and when to call 911.

Never open the door to a stranger.

Never tell anyone on the phone you are home alone.

Never tell any callers your name, number or address.

Hang up right away if you do not like what someone is saying on the phone.

You can see the officer’s Facebook post below: 

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