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Police offer tips on how children should deal with strangers

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

Officers with the Marion, Illinois police department are offering tips to parents following a report of a suspicious vehicle approaching students at a bus stop in Herrin, Ill.

Patrol Sgt. Justin Francis with the Marion Police Department said there are a number of things parents can do to educated their children.

He said children should never speak to strangers, always walk in groups of four or more, and report any suspicious behavior to an adult or the police.

“If you have it to spare, take your kids to school, walk them to school," Sgt. Francis said. "Obviously that’s the safest if you can be with them.”

“Tell not even to speak to them," Francis said. "Go to the nearest adult that they know and let us know what happened but never approach a vehicle and never even get into arms reach of a vehicle.”

One parent, Tom Coleman, said he worries about his children's safety.

“The way people are now a days, you don’t know who to trust and you can’t trust anybody," Coleman said. "All you can do is hope they listen to what you said and took it to heart.”

“I think every parent thinks well it won’t happen to me. But you always think you know in the back of your mind thinking what if it does happen? You know, it’s just a scary thought.”

Francis said the Marion police department patrols school zones and bus stops each morning and afternoon.

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