Fremont police have a warning Saturday night for parents and students in the East Bay.
Police said a man tried to lure a boy into a car around 4 p.m. Friday while the boy was walking home from Hirsch Elementary.
The man asked the 10-year-old if he wanted a ride near the intersection of Carol Avenue and Chapel Way, according to police. The boy got scared and ran home.
The stranger is described as Hispanic or Indian and about 30 years old with black spiky hair. He was in an older blue, four-door car.
Police will have extra patrols in the area during school hours next week.
Fremont police have released the following tips for parents:
- Discuss the difference between a good and bad stranger.
- Children should know their name, address and phone number (including a parents cell number).
- Children should always use the buddy system and avoid walking anywhere alone.
- Teach to trust instincts–if a child feels he/she is being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
- If a stranger approaches, teach your child that they do not have to speak to him/her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle and always just keep walking.
- Teach children that they should never accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he/she says.
- Teach your child that if someone is following him/her to try and remember the license plate of the vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
- Teach children that if they are ever grabbed by a stranger, that they need to do everything to stop him/her. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help.
- Use and scream words like, "this is not my dad," or "this is not my mom."
Police also said role playing is a great way to teach these tips at home.