Halls Head: warning issued after student followed by man in car

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A CHILD protection alert has been sent to parents after a South Halls Head Primary School student reported feeling unsafe when followed to school by a man in a car yesterday.

Local schools sent parents a warning for students to take care when going to and from school.

Students are urged to report anything suspicious to parents, the school and police.

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Suggestions for children to keep safe:

– Always travel in company
– Walk on the right hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic
– Wherever possible, leave space between the child and the roadway
– Stay in areas that are well lit
– Stay in view; avoid going into areas that are hidden from view (such as parkland bush or behind shopping centres) and plan trips to avoid such locations
– Be alert; earphones and headphones can reduce your awareness considerably
– If you have a mobile phone, have it turned on and ready to dial an emergency number
– If a passing car stops nearby never get too close
– Do not hesitate to run from a situation in which you feel at risk
– Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police, noting number plates of cars and/or clothing or distinguishing features of individuals.
– If you can get it safely, try to photograph or remember the number plate of the car

Report numbers plates of cars and the clothing or distinguishing features of individuals to police.

To get the latest community safety information from police, visit WA Police on Facebook or online at www.police.wa.gov.au.