Safety message reminder

POLICE are encouraging local parents to teach their children the Safe People, Safe Places message following an incident in Ballina last Friday when a man approached an 11-year-old girl.

The girl was riding her bicycle on the footpath of River St, Ballina, about 6.30pm when a silver sedan displaying red P plates pulled on to the footpath next to her.

A man and a woman were in the car and the woman asked the girl to get in.

The girl rode her bike away.

The Safe People, Safe Places message for children is:

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;

Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help - police officers, teachers at school, adults you know;

Don't talk to people you don't know and never get into a car with someone you don't know;

If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000.

Anyone who may have seen the incident can phone Ballina police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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