Police, the Narromine Mayor and the town’s high school are all asking people to report incidents of stranger danger to the appropriate authorities.
Three teenage children have been approached since Friday by a strange man in a grey vehicle. It is unknown whether these incidents are related.
Narromine Mayor Craig Davies has joined police and Narromine High School in appeals to residents to report strange activity to the police.
“I encourage all people to pass the information forward to the police,” he said.
“We don’t want people of that nature hanging around in our towns.”
The Narromine High School released a statement on social media.
The school notified parents of the three separate approaches to teenagers between Friday and Monday afternoon.
It also listed measures students should take if approached and to ensure they were safe.
It also advised parents: “We encourage you to remind your children about the police Safe People, Safe Places advice,” it said.
The school’s advice to students was:
- Avoid walking on your own and instead walk with other family members, friends or an adult you know;
- Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people;
- 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;
- Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one 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; and
- If you are scared call triple zero and tell them you are scared;
- If someone tries to touch you or grab you, yell loudly “Go away, I don’t know you,” as this will let other people know you are trouble.
“Police advise if anyone is approached they should call police through triple zero (000),” the school said.
Inspector Dan Skelly of the Orana Local Area Command also had some advice for both parents and students.
“Be wary of approaches. If someone does approach you alert someone around or run off,” he said.
“We’re appealing to parents and guardians to make themselves familiar with the Narromine incidents and make the necessary precautions to mitigate risk, that could mean giving a lift to school instead of walking.”
The Inspector asked everyone to take the matters seriously.
Detectives from Dubbo have joined the investigation.
Police are asking anyone who knows anything to contact the Dubbo Police on 6883 1599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.