Stranger grabs child on front lawn of her home, police say
POLICE are appealing to the public for help after a man grabbed a child in front of her house.
In a statement, police have said the man crossed the street to approach the 9-year-old girl, who was alone on the front lawn of her home at Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah, about 5.40pm yesterday.
The man grabbed the child by the arm, but she managed to pull away and run inside the house. The child was not hurt.
Police say the man was described as Caucasian, aged in his late teens or early 20s. He was described as about 185cm tall with a thin build and, at the time of the incident, was wearing a white woollen hoodie, with the hood up, and grey tracksuit pants.
Anyone with information about the incident or who has seen someone who matches the description of the man should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police advise parents to discuss stranger danger issues with their children. Parents should tell children:
- 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.