Darlington Police: Man in van attempts to get kids to come to vehicle

DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – Darlington Police have taken to Facebook to warn parents about a possible threat to children in the Oakdale community.

According to the Darlington Police Department Facebook page, there have been several reports from the Oakdale community that a white, clean shaven male, between the age of 18-30, driving a white van with dark tinted windows has tried to get several children to approach his vehicle.

Officials give parents several safety tips to mention to their children in light of the suspicious activity in the Oakdale Community.

  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Don’t take anything from strangers.
  • Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.
  • Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.
  • Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  • Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone.
  • Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices.
  • When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream.
  • Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is
    not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”
  • Report any suspicious activity to your police department.

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