ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany Police and the City School District of Albany are urging parents to review safety tips with their children after an adult male inappropriately approached two students in their neighborhood on Monday -- the second incident in just one week.
The Albany Police Department was notified of the incident in Arbor Hill immediately, and it is now under investigation. At about 3:35 p.m. two female students, ages 6 and 10, were approached by a man on Arbor Drive. The students told police that while they were walking home from the Arbor Hill Elementary School, a black male driving a silver colored van approached and asked if they wanted a ride. The students immediately declined and walked to their older brother who was waiting nearby. They immediately notified a parent who then called the police.
The incident comes less than a week after the September 25th arrest of a man who inappropriately approached two middle-school students on Delaware Avenue.
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and Police Chief Steven Krokoff commended the students in Monday's incident for their quick thinking when confronted by the man, noting that they followed all safety protocols perfectly, including immediately notifying the police.
The following tips provided by the Albany Police are intended to keep children safe while they are walking, biking or riding a bus to school in the morning and home again in the afternoon, as well as anytime they are out in the community without parental supervision.
NEVER WALK ALONE – Walk with an adult family member, an older student or with a group of students.
DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS – If approached by a stranger RUN immediately to the nearest store or crossing guard and tell an adult about it.
COME TO SCHOOL ON TIME – Sometimes being late is unavoidable. Parents and guardians, on those occasions please escort your children into the school building and be certain of their safe arrival.
WALK AGAINST TRAFFIC SO YOU CANNOT BE FOLLOWED – It takes time for a driver to turn around and it will give you a head start.
TELL SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY – If you have had something happen to you, have had an experience that made you feel uncomfortable or scared, or if you have information, tell school officials or your parents immediately.
If you have any information, please contact Albany Police Detective Division immediately at 462-8039.
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