Experts give stranger danger tips to parents
Experts are providing parents with tips to protect their children from abductions after two stranger danger incidents in the borough this month.
Police say a 10-year-old girl was approached by a stranger who tried to abduct her outside Betsy Head Park in Brownsville last Tuesday. Another attempted abduction of a young girl was reported in Wiliamsburg 11 days earlier. The children got away unharmed in both incidents.
Child advocacy group Safe Horizon says that it is important for parents to keep an open line of communication with their children so they know how to react to potential danger.
Safe Horizon Director Naomi Barasch says that children do not need to be polite if a stranger approaches and begins to talk to them, especially if it is in a menacing way. She says they should not engage them and instead get away during those situations.
Police are searching for the suspects wanted in both recent incidents. Anyone with information on the them is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.