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Oshkosh police investigate attempted child enticement

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OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Oshkosh say they're investigating a possible child enticement Wednesday morning.

Police say a child told officers that a tan four-door vehicle stopped and the driver asked if the child needed a ride to school. It happened in the 1100 block of W. 7th Avenue.

The child ignored the man and the suspect drove off. The child told officers he did not know the man.

The driver has been described as a black man, about 50-years-old, with short black hair and rectangular glasses. 

Police did not release the child's age.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oshkosh police at (920) 236-5700.

The Oshkosh Police Department is urging parents to talk to their children about personal safety and what to do if someone attempts to entice their child into a vehicle or any other circumstance that makes the child feel uncomfortable.

Here are some safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to talk to your children about:

  • Help children recognize the warning signs of suspicious behavior, such as when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without permission, asks them to keep a secret, asks children for help, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Also tell your children that an adult should never ask a child for help, and if an adult does ask for their help, teach them to find a trusted adult right away to tell what happened. 
  • You should also talk to your children about how they should handle dangerous situations. One way is to teach them “No, Go, Yell, Tell.” If in a dangerous situations, kids should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away.
  • Make sure that your children know that it is okay to say no to an adult in a dangerous situation and to yell to keep them safe, even if they are indoors. 
  • Make it a rule that your child must ask permission from a parent to go anywhere, with anyone at any time. If the child cannot check, the answer is no. 
  • Point out safe places to go for your child. When you are walking with your child to school, point out the places that your child can go for safety. 
  • Teach children to trust their instincts. If they feel uneasy, as though there are butterflies in their stomach, tell them to run to a safe place and tell a trusted adult. 
  • Teach your child to be assertive. If a stranger asks for help or asks for your child to go with them, tell your child it is ok to say no.

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