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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