Tuesday , 25 October 2016

Walking to School Safety Tips for Kids

Victor Valley News Group member “Cici” decided to alert all VVNG members about an incident her daughter experienced on Wednesday as she walked  home from Silverado High school.

Cici’s 15-year-old daughter stayed after school to attend a band class. When the teen left the campus at about 2:50 p.m., she began walking down Cobalt towards Luna road when an unidentified male pulled up along side her and asked if she wanted a ride.

She responded “No” and continued walking. According to the teen, the unidentified suspect proceeded to follow her in his car. As she reached the corner of Luna road the man reportedly parked his vehicle in front of the teen and rapidly started making his way towards her.

The teen became very frightened and ran from the scene in an attempt to hide from the perp.  A neighbor in the area who happened to be standing outside of the home had his garage door opened and that’s where the teen ran and hid for protection as she awaited the arrival of police and her very worried mother.

The car immediately left the scene, the suspect is described as a male adult in his mid 30’s and possibly driving a silver 4-door Honda.

Cici filed a police report with the Victorville Police Department and anyone with information is urged to contact police.

In an effort to keep children safe in our community, please remember to discuss these tips and have a safety plan in place with your children.

Safety Tips for your children while they are walking to school “Stranger Danger” Safety Tips.

Remind children:

• Stay with a group. Always walk with at least one friend, two or three is even better.
• Do not talk to strangers.
• If a stranger offers you a ride, say “NO!” and stay far away from their car.
• If a stranger follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. You can run and yell loudly, “HELP!”
• If a stranger follows you in a car, turn around and go the other direction.
• Never leave school with a stranger.
• Tell a trusted adult if a stranger is hanging around the school, playground, or public bathroom.
• Never accept things from a stranger.
• If a stranger asks you a question, don’t talk to them. Run away.
• Don’t go anywhere with a stranger.
• Leave items and clothing that display your name at home so a stranger cannot read it and use it to talk with you.
• If you arrive home alone, call your mother, father, or other trusted adult to let them know you are home and all right. Keep the door locked, don’t open the door for strangers, and don’t tell strangers that you are home alone.
• CALL 911 in an emergency.

Source: Burbank Police Department

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Hugo Valdez has lived in the Victor Valley for over 25 years. His strength is community visionary and leadership. He founded Victor Valley News in 2012 in the effort to bring more awareness and fellowship to the local residents. He has a background in marketing/advertising under his belt. To reach Hugo, send an e-mail to Hugo@VVNG.com or call him at (760) 998-1598.

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